Steve Kampfer to Return Comment Count

Brian December 18th, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Steve Kampfer takes his status as a Wolverine to heart, albeit in this case its the variety with an adamantium skeleton:

Junior defenseman Steve Kampfer appears set to play in the GLI, Berenson said last Friday, and he'd likely be paired with Tristin Llewellyn or Chad Langlais. The tournament would be Kampfer's first games since suffering a fractured skull and other injuries during an alleged on-campus assault by suspended Michigan football player Mike Milano on Oct. 12.

"If we can continue in the direction we're going and there's no setbacks, I think he'll play," Berenson said.

With Brandon Burlon and Greg Pateryn playing well and Matt Rust and Aaron Palushaj off at the WJC, might we see a (possibly temporary) return of Chris Summers to forward? I guess it's a matter of whether you'd rather scratch Pateryn or someone of the Lebler/Glendening/Fardig ilk.

In any case, the next few games will be critical for Michigan's season and getting one of their top three defensemen back on the ice should be a great help.

Oh and also… what is going on at State?

Defenseman Ryan Turek was released from the team for failing to meet the expectations of the team. Turek's lack of success is pretty disappointing. He was a 4th round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues--incidentally, drafted in the same round by the same team as Travis Erstad, who is now playing D-3 hockey. Turek was also among the first group of "early commits" to choose a school years in advance of actually enrolling in college.

Also departing the team for juniors is an overmatched freshman who should return as a sophomore next season. Comley's going to have a hell of a hole to dig out of next year. Lerg and (likely) Jeff Petry depart, and there doesn't appear to be a ton of help on the way. This might be the beginning of the end for Comley.

Comments

casmooth

December 18th, 2008 at 2:59 PM ^

I definitely did not see this coming. I wasn't expecting a Kampfer return this season if we did not make the tournament. I'm not the biggest #5 fan, and I often thought he was the weakest player on the ice last year, however this will be a welcomed addition to our depleted D.

Yostal

December 18th, 2008 at 4:35 PM ^

If you're going to the GLI and you are so inclined, a sign welcoming Steve back would likely be well appreciated.

Just amazing to go from a guy who was in a neck brace on parents weekend at the start of November to playing for the Maize and Blue in the GLI. He's tough, he's a hockey player.