Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/15/06 at 10:56 AM ET
In a new twist to an annual rite for the University of Michigan hockey team, a player has turned pro before even arriving on campus. Trevor Lewis, who was drafted 17th overall three weeks ago by the Los Angeles Kings, informed the Wolverines that he was signing with the pro club Thursday. When head coach Red Berenson spoke to him two weeks ago, Lewis gave no indication that he was thinking of signing. "Obviously, he was drafted a lot higher than anybody ever expected,'' Berenson said. "L.A. brought him in for a rookie camp, and then for one reason or another, he decided to sign.''read on added 9:54am, Now that is a "thinking" GM... from the Salt Lake Tribune,
Before the draft, Lombardi told Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough that he had a specific player in mind for the No. 17 spot, and tentatively agreed to the trade, pending that the player - Lewis - was still available. "[Risebrough] didn't really like that,'' Lombardi said. "I didn't want to tell him who we wanted to select, and he said, 'How do I know you're not just going to back out?' So I told him I had an idea.'' Lombardi tore off a piece of paper, wrote down Lewis' name, folded it and told Risebrough to initial it. "I said, 'If I call off the trade, I'll show you the name of the kid who got picked,' " Lombardi said.
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