When Mel Pearson left the Huskies to take over for Red Berenson at the University of Michigan, he was repeating a trip that has helped to define the post-World War II history of hockey both for Michigan Tech and for the Wolverines. Al Renfrew started the saga.
Over the past two decades, recruiting has changed dramatically. As information about young athletes expanded and as alumni and fans became immersed in the “recruiting wars,” the way a roster is assembled has developed into a game-within-the-game. What will it take to successfully recruit in this new era of one-and-dones and flashy facilities?
A Guy Like Me ;is by no means a long book, weighing in at just over 200 easy-reading pages, but it tells the story of the All-Star MVP from his childhood playing junior hockey in Canada all the way up through his All-Star experience and finding out that Mitch Albom wanted to turn his story into a movie. Anybody who has appreciated his articles in The Players Tribune will appreciate that a similar style of prose shows through in this volume. It's readable by just about anyone, even if you've been in one too many hockey fights yourself.
From time to time Dave Ellis (fill-in color commentator for Michigan Tech hockey) finds treasures from years past out of TV6's archives and posts them on his personal YouTube page. Last week he uncovered this feature produced by TV6 following John MacInnes' retirement in 1982.