Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/12/12 at 01:03 PM ET
from Chris Brown (Michigan player) at Slap Shot,
This Sunday at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, the Wolverines of Michigan will be capping a weekend series with the Buckeyes of Ohio State in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff. With all the pressures of this series (the first game is Friday in Columbus), I’m here to provide some comic relief about our team and past experiences of playing outdoors.
As some of you may know I’m from Flower Mound, Tex., the new hockey hotbed of the United States, but I’m not the only “Texan” on the team this year. The assistant coach Brian Wiseman is our newest addition to the team and has brought a little piece of Houston, Tex., with him. He is the former assistant of the Houston Aeros as well as a graduate from the University of Michigan in 1994.
We have acquired nine freshmen this season, mostly hailing from Ontario and Michigan, with the odd ball, Mike Chiasson, from Las Vegas. A couple of the Canadian boys are pretty stereotypical. Alex Guptil has the heavy accent, and Phil Di Giuseppe can’t stop taping his stick. The outdoor game should bring back some old memories of growing up playing on the pond.
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