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?