"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
ST. LOUIS - As the preseason wraps up with tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues are hitting the road for a four-day team-building trip in Ann Arbor, MI.
The team will hold daily practices at the University of Michigan’s Yost Arena, but outside of that, the players will be free to relax and enjoy a short break before returning to St. Louis on Monday afternoon.
“It’s about being together and doing team activities,” said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “Having some team activities that we can just have fun with, along with some good stress-less practices up there, I think we’ll really enjoy it.”
Shattenkirk, who billeted with a family in Ann Arbor while representing the U.S. National Development Program, will watch the Wolverine’s ice hockey team on Sunday evening. His billet family’s son, Niko Porikos, wears No. 22 for the Wolverines.
But for Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, the trip is about business, too, especially since Opening Night vs. Edmonton is just days away.
“I’m looking forward to putting in the work on the ice,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve practiced a lot of general stuff (in training camp), and now we can get detailed on specific things we need to work on. I’m looking forward to that.”
Stay tuned to stlouisblues.com and follow the Blues on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for coverage throughout the weekend of the team building trip in Ann Arbor.
Pretty interesting. The boards and ice plant were replaced.
This is actually the lowest Michigan has ever been ranked in a USCHO preseason poll. #11 was the previous low in 2013-14.
- Boston College
- Boston University
- North Dakota
- Minnesota State
- Miami University
- Michigan Tech
- Bowling Green
- St. Cloud State
- St. Lawrence
Receiving votes: Robert Morris 63, Notre Dame 45, Rochester Institute of Technology 39, Michigan State 37, Northeastern 31, Vermont 23, Penn State 19, New Hampshire 18, Ferris State 11, Wisconsin 5, Bemidji State 4, Union 3, Alaska 1, Brown 1, Dartmouth 1.
i'm a regular over at uscho and the Arizona State Hockey thread has been getting a lot of buzz lately as multiple people are claiming that the rumors of ASU to the B1G for hockey are true.
ASU will be joining the Big 10. Expect an announcement soon. They've already begun notifying their recruits.
Also, from a Michigan poster-
Take it FWIW, but I'm a donor to Michigan's program and I've heard through the grapevine recently that Arizona State is in fact going to be added to the B1G as an affiliate member for hockey. There were discussions on group trips for alumni/donors to AZ for games. The same scenario where Johns Hopkins was added as an affiliate member to create the B1G's sponsorship of lacrosse.
Also that another full-time B1G member school is seriously looking to add hockey now that they have a facility that's in the works.
The University of Michigan ice hockey team, in coordination with the Big Ten, announced today (Wednesday, Sept. 23) its full television schedule and game times in partnership with the Big Ten Network, Comcast, ESPN and Fox Sports Detroit. The Wolverines will appear on the Big Ten Network six times, Fox Sports Detroit five times, Comcast Television (CN900) four times and ESPNEWS twice for a total of 17 broadcasts.
Eight of Michigan's 19 contests at Yost Ice Arena will be televised, with nine neutral site/road games broadcast, including both Michigan games in the 2015 Great Lakes Invitational tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit (FS Detroit) and Michigan's game on Jan. 30, 2016, against Penn State at Madison Square Garden (BTN).
Single-game tickets are now available for purchase on by visiting mgoblue.com/tickets or calling the University of Michigan Athletics Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247 or (866) 296-MTIX (6849).
The Wolverines open the 2015-16 season on Sunday, Oct. 4, with an exhibition contest against the University of Toronto at Yost Ice Arena at 5:05 p.m. Michigan opens the regular season with games against Mercyhurst on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:35 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 5:05 p.m.