Get Hockey Where You Can!!
In this Article I will share with you the University of Michigan Wolverines NCAA Div I Mens Ice Hockey team. This team boasts 14 players which have been drafted to NHL teams. Some come to the U of M team already drafted before ever even playing at the NCAA level. Below is the current roster. With 10 seniors 6 of which have been drafted to NHL teams. This is an area where the lockout in the NHL has had a beneficial effect. In the past few years I have seen some gifted athletes leave the U of M for professional opportunities. I like to see these former U of M players excel at the NHL level. However I also like to see these players stay through their Senior year at U of M. Sure the valid point of leaving early as to shorten the odds of injury at a collage level has to be considered. So does toiling in the minors until breaking an NHL line up happens. When a player leaves after a sophomore year and plays in the minors for a few years I have to think they were more of athletes then students.
Going to a game at Yost Ice Arena is a hockey experience that every hockey fan should have a chance to see and enjoy. It is truely a spectacle. It may only house 6,000 fans but, the level of emotion that the students section brings and the cheers they have are a must see. There is nothing like hearing the band playing “Hail to the Victors” after every U of M goal. Its fun to see a mother of father of the opposition stand up and take a bow in honor of their sons goal because some 1 or 2 thousand students are pointing at the section where the parents are seated and chanting “Ugly Parents”. This section which is situated across the ice from the student section is a prime seat location. The band director does this dance and swings his suit coat in the air when summonsed to do so by the student section.
They have a Summer Hockey Showcase were former U of M icers come back to Yost to play in one of three games to be played 35-under, 35-50 and 50-over. This is a time where one can see some of the NHLers that have come out of U of M up close. They also have an Intra-Squad scrimmage game a week prior to the season beginning. This is where one can get a first look at the incoming freshmen and some student athletes who may be attempting to be a walk on.
No. Name ————————– Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. DOB S/G NHL Hometown
2 Nick Martens***—————– D 6-1 209 Sr. 9/11/82 L Ann Arbor, Mich.
3 Eric Werner**——————– D 5-10 180 Sr. 1/26/83 R Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
5 Brandon Rogers*** (A)——— D 6-1 202 Sr. 2/27/82 R ANA Rochester, N.H.
6 Matt Hunwick*——————– D 5-11 195 So. 5/21/85 L BOS Sterling Heights, Mich.
7 T.J. Hensick*——————– -F 5-10 187 So. 12/10/85 R Howell, Mich.
8 Jason Dest*———————- D 6-0 187 So. 10/26/84 L Fraser, Mich.
9 Milan Gajic***——————– F 6-0 200 Sr. 6/1/81 R ATL Burnaby, B.C.
11 Kevin Porter——————— F 5-11 180 Fr. 3/12/86 L PHO Northville, Mich.
13 Mike Brown*——————— F 6-0 210 So. 6/24/85 R VAN Northbrook, Ill.
14 Brandon Kaleniecki**———– F 5-9 195 Jr. 7/5/82 L Livonia, Mich.
15 Jeff Tambellini** (A)———- –F 5-11 186 Jr. 4/13/84 L LA Port Moody, B.C.
16 David Rohlfs*—————— –F 6-3 234 So. 6/4/84 R EDM Northville, Mich.
17 Michael Woodford, Jr.***– —–F 6-0 205 Sr. 10/4/81 R FLA Westford, Mass.
18 David Moss***—————- –F 6-3 200 Sr. 12/28/81 R CGY Livonia, Mich.
19 Andrew Ebbett**—————- F 5-10 175 Jr. 1/2/83 L Vernon, B.C.
20 Charlie Henderson***———- F 5-11 184 Sr. 9/2/80 R East Lansing, Mich.
21 Eric Nystrom*** (C)——– —-F 6-1 208 Sr. 2/14/83 L CGY Syosset, N.Y.
22 Jason Ryznar***———— —-F 6-4 211 Sr. 2/19/83 L NJ Anchorage, Alaska
24 Chad Kolarik——————– F 5-11 175 Fr. 1/26/86 R PHO Abington, Pa.
25 Tim Cook*——————– –D 6-4 215 So. 3/13/84 R OTT Montclair, N.J.
26 Reilly Olson*——————– D 6-0 188 Sr. 6/28/82 L Grand Prairie, Alberta
30 Mike Mayhew*—————— G 5-11 170 So. 10/15/84 L Owatonna, Minn.
34 Noah Ruden**—————— G 6-0 173 Jr. 7/19/82 R Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
35 Al Montoya** (A)————— G 6-2 195 Jr. 2/13/85 L NYR Glenview, Ill.
I would like to hear your thoughts of NCAA vs NHL hockey. Also any other hockey experiences that would be of interest. So if you have an NCAA hockey team near by go patronize those teams. WCHA/CCHA/ECAC/Hockey East/ Atlantic Hockey/CHA. Don’t forget about those sports bar owners that you patronize during a season. Stop by and see them every now and then. Maybe bring your favorite DVD or VHS hockey tape to share with those at the Bar.Nothing can be done to help the parking lot attendants but, if we try we can find ways to keep commerce coming in for some of those who are curtain to be effected by this lockout.