BY NATE SANDALS
When he hits the ice, there's just one letter on Tim Cook's chest: A block 'M'.
True, the senior is considered one of the Michigan hockey team's leaders, but Cook wasn't awarded the captain's 'C' or the alternate captain's 'A' by the coaching staff going into this season.
But not being an official captain may be just the perfect thing for Cook. This way, Cook can focus entirely on what really matters: the team.
BY JAMES V. DOWD ON ICE HOCKEY
When Michigan coach Red Berenson and his staff secured one of the most decorated recruiting classes in program history last year, it seemed like just a matter of time before the Wolverines returned to their dominant form of the mid-1990s.
After all, it's rare that a college hockey team has a first-round draft pick coming to school rather than joining the major junior circuit or minor leagues. So with No. 3 overall pick Jack Johnson and No. 25 selection Andrew Cogliano jumping into maize and blue sweaters last year, it looked like Michigan hockey was back.
"It did kind of spark me a little bit. I was looking for some guys with their heads down, but I couldn't force it. Hopefully, I'll have better luck tomorrow night."
- Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson on the student section's "Kill, Jack, kill" chant on Friday night.
BY IAN ROBINSON
Senior Tim Cook is a huge Elton John fan.
Well, at least that's all he wants to hear after Saturday games at Yost Ice Arena.
The Michigan hockey team has a tradition to listening to Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and singing "The Victors" in the locker room following each home sweep.
That's exactly what the Maize and Blue did this weekend after dispatching Ferris State 9-4 on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday to complete its second weekend home sweep in five chances this season.
The graduate senior was instrumental in Michigan's upset of No. 12 Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Leipzig, Germany, native rebounded after losing the first set of her No. 1 singles match to capture the dual meet-clinching win.
BY AMBER COLVIN
Winter blues? Midseason slump? Forgotten New Year's resolutions?
Not for this hockey team.
The Wolverines finished the month of January with an almost perfect 6-1 record, the lone blemish coming from a 2-1 home loss to lowly Northern Michigan.
After a disappointing first half of the season, culminating with a major letdown in the Great Lakes Invitational, many players vowed to vault the team to where it belonged in the second stretch. Aside from the loss to the Wildcats, it seems like the Wolverines took that resolution to heart.
BY NATE SANDALS
You couldn't talk to anybody involved with the Michigan hockey program without hearing it: "We've got to do better with goals against."
Michigan coach Red Berenson said it every time he met with reporters. Players spewed the mantra like politicians with talking points. Defense was clearly the Wolverines' top priority.
This month, Michigan has played like a defensive juggernaut, allowing just two goals per game.
Wednesday - 1.31
M BASKETBALL VS. IOWA, 8 p.m.
Thursday - 2.1
W Basketball at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Friday - 2.2
M Track/Field at Meyo Invitational, TBA
W Track/Field at Meyo Classic, 10 a.m.
M TENNIS VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN, 6 p.m.
WRESTLING VS. IOWA, 7:30 p.m.
Ice Hockey at Western Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday - 2.3
W Tennis at Oregon, 2 p.m.
M Tennis vs. Harvard, 5 p.m.
W Gymnastics at
State of Michigan Classic, 7 p.m.
M Gymnastics at Penn State, 7 p.m.
ICE HOCKEY VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN, 7:35 p.m..
BY NATE SANDALS
The members of the Michigan hockey team might have been the only Michigan students not watching the Michigan-Ohio State football game.
On Nov. 18, the hockey team had its own game to worry about. While all other Wolverine eyes looked toward Columbus, the then-No. 8 Michigan hockey team faced off against conference foe Ferris State.
Per Michigan coach Red Berenson's rule that players not watch football on hockey game days, the Wolverines had no idea of The Game's result until they finished skating to a 5-1 victory against the Bulldogs.
BY AMBER COLVIN
Jack Johnson might have been drafted third overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, but last Thursday was a different story.
As the Wolverines went round by round selecting their teammates for an on-ice competition, the sophomore defenseman was left waiting to hear his name called.
Alternate captain Jason Dest finally selected Johnson in the final round of the mock draft. Even though he had a team to play on now, it wasn't time for Johnson to grab a stick and puck. For this game, he would need a rock and a broom.