With Friday night’s early explosion against Union followed by Saturday’s gritty never-say-die effort against Minnesota Duluth, the Huskies claimed the Icebreaker Championship in the AMSOIL Arena in front of a crowd of mostly-Bulldog fans. With these wins against ranked opponents, Tech vaulted into the USCHO rankings at #15. And, more significantly, the Huskies ended up sixth in the Pairwise Rankings (PWR).
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?