Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
Happy 73rd birthday to Michigan Hockey coach Red Berenson!
For a nice summary of his college and pro careers, have a look at this.
Here's Red in his younger days coaching the Maize and Blue:
And here's the "Red Baron" in his even younger days as a member of the Red Wings:
Red is 5th in all-time NCAA wins as a coach and led Michigan to national titles in 1995-96 and 1997-98.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RED!
For those of you don't know, the OHL draft is today and it's currently going on right now (9th rd as of 4 pm EST). This is where many a college hockey fan finds out whether we can expect Player X to ever suit up in a college uniform.
General rule of thumb seems to be early rounds (1-4) are more likely to go while later rounds indicate that that team / the OHL don't think it's likely they'll be able to sign that player.
Bob Miller assembled a list at CHP (link) of notable american prospects and their current commitments (if any). I made a table of those players and their current draft status
|Ryan||Mantha||(RW)||5||14||Sault Ste Marie|
|Brandon||Halverson||(G)||7||4||Sault Ste Marie|
Kyle Connor and Dylan Larkin (Michigan commits) have not been drafted yet which is great news because as I saw on the twitter:
Both Michigan commits. RT @RyanHPscout: The 2 best players we have on our draft board are Dylan Larkin and Kyle Connor both 1st rd talents.
- Brendan Perlini (MSU, younger brother of current MSU skater Brent Perlini) looks like he might be going OHL
- MSU had 4 guys on Bob Miller's list. One went in the first, two in the fourth, and one in the 9th. I'm not sure what to think of the guys going in the fourth round, but I'd be nervous if they were ours
- Darby Llwellyn is indeed Tristin Llwellyn's younger brother. No word on whether Darby has the same love for incredibly stupid penalties
EDIT: Dylan Larkin just got selected. 10th round, 1st pick to Erie. Looking good.
EDIT2: MacEachern from MSU hasn't been drafted yet. I recorded the draft info wrong
EDIT3: And Kyle Connor finally gets taken by Saginaw. 14th Rd, 11th pick. Looks good there too.
Since I was bored today I thought I'd throw up a board post showing off my burgeoning collection of Michigan cards and autographed memorabilia. I've been collecting since I was a kid, and in the last 10 or 15 years I've really focused on my alma mater. These Picasa albums (which I'm always updating, so please check in every now and then!) include my Michigan autograph/relic collections from the four major sports, plus important rookies, and finally my autographed memorabilia collection I've acquired over time (either in-person or via the internet).
I'm also curious to see if there are any fellow MGoCollectors around here that would like to show off their collections and/or trade. From time to time I pick up doubles that I don't need and would be happy to get some trading going.
For now, here are links to my collection albums, which I hope some of you enjoy!:
To give you a little taste, here's a sweet card I picked up after winning a bet with a Virginia Tech fan thanks to Michigan winning the Sugar Bowl:
Bennie Oosterbaan 1955 Topps All American RC
I know there was a "Thanks to Shawn Hunwick" thread, but thought this deserved its own post.
Losing the battle against tears, Shawn Hunwick passes Cornell coach Mike Schafer at 12:23 a.m.
Schafer was walking to the podium to speak to the media. Hunwick was walking out.
“One of the classiest things I’ve seen in 25 years of coaching,” Schafer would say of Hunwick’s gesture to Cornell after the game.
Outside, in a concrete hallway, a man whose Cornell tie matches Hunwick’s eyes taps the former Michigan goalie on the shoulder and shakes his hand.
Hunwick turns to his right toward his locker room. He stops, then turns back and calls out:
“Good luck tomorrow.”
You too, Shawn.
If you're much of a Michigan hockey fan, you know Chris Brown. He hits hard, takes penalties galore and sometimes makes the CCHA Play of the Year by undressing the Miami (NTM) captain.
The Daily deployed its Massive Profile Machine on Brown today, and it's a good one:
The click of cowboy boots follows Chris Brown everywhere. Find him in any sort of weather — rain, snow, sun — and he’s wearing those boots, trudging through the long Michigan winters wearing something that was intended for a climate more than a thousand miles south.
Around Ann Arbor, he drives a massive black pick-up truck with Texas license plates slapped on it, a not-so-subtle reminder of the Division-I hockey player’s transplanted background.
And there is the music he listens to before games, so different than the hip-hop and electronic beats that usually flow in the locker rooms of Yost Ice Arena. Chris prefers country artists like Kenny Chesney and The Casey Donahue Band, whose most popular song is called “White Trash Story.”