W[ BIIlJUU $1UU Ex-lcer in Detroit, will try to clip wings
Pormer Michigan hockey player David Oliver, now an Edmonton Oiler, is
in Detroit for Edmonton's game against the Red Wings tonight at 7 p.m.
at Joe Lous Arena. Oliver was among the rookie scoring leaders last
season "He's a great offensive player, Michigan hockey coach RedPage 12
Berenson said. "But he says that what (Edmonton) likes most about Frgday,
him is that he's great without the puck. October 13, 1995
nainicers have trouble with U.S. college teams
Nicholas J. Cotsonika
aily Sports Writer
=Marlin Muyleart had better hope his
layers have more than sightseeing and
- uvenirs mind when they face Michi-
:an tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena.
The last Canadian team to visit Ann
" rbor, York (Ontario), spent some time
Y.the 'M' Den before its game against
d Wolverines, nabbing shirts and hats
,remember the trip.
_ One player was standing in line to buy
puck with a block 'M' on it and was
absequently ribbed by his teammates.
"Get something else," a fellow Yeo-
man said. "You can grab a puck during
Several players did that night, as they
cleaned out their goaltender's net dur-
ing a 8-0 shellacking by the Wolver-
"(Canadian teams) take guys to the
U.S. for as much of an educational
experience as anything else," York
coach Graham Wise said. "Coaches
want their players to see what it's like
on the other side of the fence."
Guelph (Ontario) may be a better
opening-game test for Michigan than
York was last year, but the Gryphons
are still cursed by their background.
College hockey north of the border is
competitive, but it isn't on the same
level as the CCHA. Since the NCAA
allows its hockey teams only 34 games
against domestic opponents, American
teams schedule Canadian clubs every
compete for players like their Ameri-
can counterparts. There are literally hun-
dreds of hockey teams to watch in
Canada, leaving colleges to struggle for
attention while going head-to-head with
the U.S. for talent.
Without the money and recruiting
year as an extra
game to tune-up for
their league sched-
The results are
type matches. Cana-
dian schools can't
What: Michigan ,hockey's first game
of the 1995-96 season,
Who, Guelph (Ontario) Gryphons vs.
Where, When: Yost lee Arena, 7 p.m..
budgets of the
Maines, they have
to make do with the
are a big part of it
too ... probably the biggest," Wise said.
"We don't offer them, so the best kids
just aren't interested."
The players Canadian colleges do get
are usually the local boys that didn't
quite make good. The majority of
Guelph's roster is made up of former
Junior A and Junior B players who were
passed over by American schools and
They aren't necessarily bad. Usu-
ally, they just have one fatal flaw.
They either have good speed and gran-
ite hands or a soft touch and a freezer
on their back. They're close, but their
potential is limited.
Muyleart says his Gryphons are draw-
ing better talent, however.
"In the past we just played with guys
that weren't worried about results,"
Muyleart said. "But we have such a
winning attitude now, we recruit guys
that know what they're getting into."
Nevertheless; most Canadian colle-
giate players are on the downside of
their careers - older, more experi-
enced and stronger, maybe, but also
past their prime.
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spikers, Gophers oon4am
ead to rock Keenho
at the Michigan basketball teem s
flrst official practice, complete wlthi
fourth-annual meeting to be held tonight e s- ks. r ameand other
Sy Andy Knudsen
.Qr the Daily
,The Michigan women's volleyball
_am hopes this weekend will be a
'aunching pad toward continued suc-
Hosting conference rivals Minnesota
imd Wisconsin this weekend, Michigan
:4-2 Big Ten, 10-6 overall) will "Rock
-.e House," while trying to establish
atself as a legitimate contender in the
.I think this team is ready to prove
fat it can be a power in the confer-
wnce,"Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
The Wolverines will take on Minne-
sota (2-4, 7-8) at 7 p.m. tonight in the
fourth-annual Rock the House bash.
The Cliff Keen Arena doors will open
at 6 p.m. as the first 500 fans will
receive commemorative Rock the
"ouse IV T-shirts. Other drawings and
,gveaways will take place throughout
Despite its sluggish 2-4 conference
.trt, Minnesota's record is deceptive,
according to Giovanazzi.
"They're a real good team, but they
.ot out to a slow start," he said.
The Golden Gophers' offense is led
,by Katrien DeDecker, a 6-foot-2 out-
side hitter who Giovanazzi called "one
of the better hitters in the country."
DeDecker, the 1993 Big Ten Fresh-
nan of the Year, is supported by setter
Becky Bauer and spiker Heidi Olhausen.
Michigan will also host a formidable
conference foe in Wisconsin (4-2, 11-
6) at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The Badgers - tied with the Wol-
verines for fourth place in the Big Ten
- are led by sophomores Amy Lee and
Heather Dodaro, as well asjunior Laura
Lee's 4.19 kills per game ranks
fifth in the Big Ten and Dodaro's 1.38
blocks per game is third in the confer-
ence. Abbinante runs the Wisconsin
offense with an average of 11.13 as-
sists per game and was named to the
1994 and 1995 Olympic Festival
Michigan will have to face this
weekend's competition without a valu-
able part of its attack.
Kristen Ruschiensky is "very doubt-
ful" after suffering an injury to her left
knee against Indiana last Friday in
Bloomington, Giovanazzi said.
The absence of the junior outside
hitter hurt the Wolverines Saturday,
when they fell to Illinois on the road in
The results of a Magnetic Resonance
Imaging test on Ruschiensky's knee
were negative and she is expected back
in the lineup next week.
Shareen Luze, ajunior outside hitter,
will replace Ruschiensky in the starting
lineup. Freshman Karen Chase and
sophomore Darlene Recker will also
help fill in the gaps in the lineup.
Besides looking for Ruschiensky's
temporary replacement, Giovanazzi has
been focusing on the team's defense.
"Our biggest hurdle is trying to im-
prove our blocking," he said.
Giovanazzi does not see any team
having an advantage this weekend, call-
ing both matches "very even."
Saturday night's contest could be a
test of endurance as the Wolverines
will be recovering from their match
against Minnesota and Wisconsin will
be coming off a battle with national
power Michigan State (6-0, 17-1) to-
JkO EW, KRATEfuady
Louis Bullock, Robert Traylor and Albert White will get their first chance to play in front of a Crisier Arena crowd Sunday.
Michigan basketball Monasinto 1995-96
By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Editor in Chief
Michigan men's basketball fans may
not have something to cheer about to-
morrow night, but they will probably
cheer about something.
The first practice of the season will
be held at 12 a.m. Sunday. Evidence
that this is more of a show for the fans
than an actual practice: it's dubbed
Coach Steve Fisher generally does
not name his practices.
Expect lots of fans, lots of dunks and
very few defensive drills.
"What it does is get (the players)
excited," Fisher said. "It will create
some excitement on campus."
Doors to Crisler Arena will open at
9:30 p.m. Saturday, more than two hours
before the players are scheduled to be
introduced. There will be a number of
fan events during MoonJam, which will
be hosted by Channel 4 sportscaster
Van Earl Wright. Fisher generally does
not have sportscasters host his prac-
Wright will be joined later in the
evening by Larry Conley of ESPN,
which is televising "Midnight Mad-
ness." ESPN will broadcast live from
Maryland and Virginia as well as Michi-
The fans will not have to sit on their,
hands waiting for the stroke of mid-
night Sunday, when the NCAA allows
teams to hold practice for the first time
this season. A number of events are
scheduled to keep even the most indif-
ferent spectator interested.
The most noteworthy event is the
Halfcourt Shoot-out, in which one
Michigan student will have the op-
portunity to win free tuition, room
and board for one year. Ten students
will participate in a preliminary round
at 10:45, with one student advancing
for a chance at the big prize at 12:40
a.m. The final shot will be televised
by ESPN. Last year, Cincinnati stu-
dent Corey Closs nailed his shot from
Other entertainment includes a Uni-
form Race, Musical Chairs, a Free
Throw Challenge with Fisher and
Wright, a 3-point Shooting Competi-
tion and a Dunk Contest. Sorry, folks:
The latter two events are for Michigan
basketball players only.
The Wolverines are scheduledto take
the floor for their first official scrim-
mage of the season at 12:10 a.m.
Fans can also pick up free posters at
The last Midnight Madness event was
in the 1991-92 season, when approxi-
mately 5,000 fans went to Crisler to
check out the team's five heralded fresh-
men - Chris Webber, Jalen Rose,
Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray
Jackson. Tomorrow night's event will
feature the first glimpse at freshmen
Robert Traylor, Albert White and Louis
For Fisher, MoonJam is also an op-
portunity to work on bringing in next
year's freshman class.
"It's a good recruiting tool because
kids from Florida and California will
see Michigan on TV," Fisher said.
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