But for the freshmen on this year’s Michigan hockey team, that experience was short lived. When a COVID-19 cluster was identified on Sept. 17 on the floor that many players were living on in South Quad, they made the decision to move out as quickly as possible.
While this offseason was less structured than a usual one, with players having to hold themselves accountable for their training in new environments, the team kept in constant contact to make sure everyone was staying involved.
What makes Beecher so effective is his rare combination of size and speed. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 209 pounds, he is one of the biggest forwards on Michigan’s roster — and he uses that to his advantage.
Maddie may never regain the same speed or explosiveness that she had before. She still has to wear the bulky brace. She has to go through intensive preparation before each game just to be able to play, including cutting off 80 percent of the blood flow to her leg and doing leg presses to strengthen it.
Kim Barnes Arico stood in the corner of the locker room, a smile on her face.
The Michigan coach had just been asked about sophomore point guard Amy Dilk, who just led the Wolverines to a comeback win over Nebraska in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament with arguably her best game of the season — 22 points, six assists and zero turnovers.