Adam Janecyk (who was a backup G on last year's hockey team for the non-hockey fans) has been named an assistant at Nichols College (MA). They play in the ECAC Northeast of DIII hockey. Link
Ada native Adam Janecyk is heading to Massachusetts to start his coaching career.
“We are extremely lucky to have Adam join our staff this season,” said Nichols College head coach Kevin Swallow in a statement. “He had a tremendous playing career and played for one of the greatest hockey college hockey coaches of all time, Red Berenson.”
Janecyk, son of former Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Bob Janecyk, will assist primarly with recruiting, defense and goaltending for the Bison – defending Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast division champions.
I'd say it's a pretty big deal for him to land a DIII job as a 24 year old. Watch for him to show up in Ann Arbor again someday...
The uniform carousel continues. A new home white jersey.
To go along with the new road and third jerseys
2010-11 - 2013-14 uniforms
I really do like the new whites. I hope they stick with them for a long time and just leave things alone for awhile.
Michigan hockey player and noteworthy American JT Compher was injured again blocking a shot again at the World Juniors.
Compher was hurt blocking a shot during a late 5-on-3 penalty kill. His left hand and thumb were heavily wrapped when he arrived at the rink for the United States' game Thursday against Finland.
USA Hockey would not reveal the full nature of the injury.
"We got him looked at and we'll leave it at that for now," Jim Johansson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and the general manager of the United States for 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, told NHL.com.
No word yet on if this will hold him out to start our season but that doesn't sound particularly good.
(Note that this is SPENCER Hyman, brother of alternate captain Zach Hyman.)
A few bits of information via the Yost Post. Mike Szuma and Spencer Hyman will not be with the team this fall:
Mike Szuma... Has met with Coach Berenson and has decided to not return to the program this year. Szuma will stay enrolled at Michigan and work on completing his studies.
All credit due to Jeff Weinstein, Michigan's hockey SID, for the info that Spencer will be playing at the University of Toronto this season.
Solid landing spot for Spencer in my opinion. Both were well buried on the defensive line chart so this isn't terribly surprising. Good luck to them both.
Additionally, someone met Brian Wiseman this summer and he had this to say on B1G expansion:
I was lucky enough to meet and have dinner with Brian Wiseman, Beilein, Hoke, and Brandon in June. A great highlight for my son and I was all the time Brian spent with us. We talked B1G hockey expansion. He stated that Northwestern and Nebraska have both inquired about membership. He also believes Illinois will make the move.
Very surprising to me that Northwestern inquired. Given that 'inquired' could mean they were curious without any serious intent to join. They would've been about at the bottom of my list of Big Ten teams likely to pick up DI hockey. Illinois and Nebraska are not surprising to me at all. I expect them to be the next two teams on board.
Drink from the flowing Fire hydrant that is Michigan Hockey news this week.
|10/4||at Ferris State|
|10/6||vs US NTDP Under-18 (ex)|
|10/9||vs Wilfred Laurier (ex)|
|B1G/Hockey East Challenge|
|10/17||vs New Hampshire|
|10/18||vs New Hampshire|
|10/25||at Boston University|
|10/31||at Michigan Tech|
|11/1||at Michigan Tech|
|11/14||vs American International|
|11/15||vs American International|
|11/21||vs Penn State*|
|11/22||vs Penn State*|
|12/13||at Boston College|
|50th Great Lakes Invitational|
|3/6||at Penn State*|
|3/7||at Penn State*|
|B1G Tournament (Detroit, MI)|
|3/19||First Round (if applies)|
|NCAA Tournament (if applies)|
|3/28||Regional Final/First Round|
|4/9||Frozen Four (in Boston, MA)|
|4/11||National Championship (in Boston, MA)|
The first series against state has the sites as TBA. One will be at Yost and the other will be at JLA with Michigan as the designated road team.
Had to come on and post this before I left for A2 today for my birthday! Been waiting for this one awhile.
So I don't think many people realize this, but rivals 'The Yost Post' is basically the greatest source of free insider information in Michigan sports ime. It's the home of a bunch of really well connected guys (Michael Spath, Bob Miller, as well as I believe the bloggers responsible for yostbuilt and MHNet).
He just dropped some great info over there which I will share with you: LINK
As for this year's hockey team, there is a lot of excitement at Yost these days. As one person put it, 'This team has come from a B- to an A' thanks to the signing of stud defenseman Zach Werenski. At the moment, he is penciled in as a top-four defenseman along with sophomores Michael Downing and Kevin Lohan, and likely senior Andrew Sinelli.
Up front, the Wolverines are giddy. Junior Andrew Copp, sophomore JT Compher and freshman Dylan Larkin give U-M its best top-three centermen since the 1990s, according to one opinion. There are great two-way guys in senior Zach Hyman and sophomore Tyler Motte too. Hyman may not be a 20-goal scorer (though 10-12 is expected) but he's going to be a big part of this team. Multiple sources have told me if not for Copp, Hyman would be wearing the 'C'. The good news too is that there are enough 'shoulder' guys - players that can carry the team and know how to embrace that responsibility - that players like junior Boo Nieves, sophomore Evan Allen, sophomore Alex Kile and freshman Dexter Dancs can go about their business without much pressure at all, and that should allow them to realize their potential. For Nieves that's 15-20 goals and 30 assists (as a winger most likely).
Perhaps most importantly, as has been reported by me in the past, the locker-room issues are now fully gone. There were a few real issues the past two years but those players are gone. When I spoke to someone that had lower expectations than normal the past two years (and was proven right) because he knew about the locker room issues and some of the big holes on the roster (goalie two years ago, defense and scoring last year), he stated very strongly that he expects Michigan to compete for the Big Ten title and to be a national championship contender. 'With the roster in place right now, Red has two years left [before he is expected to retire] and he's going to have two great chances to go out on top.
So as was strongly rumored the lockerroom problems seem to have left Yost. Hallelujah. As has generally been the case since the early 90's, Michigan is more than talented enough to win the national title and this may be our most talented team in several years.