Monday, March 19, 2007

2006-07 NMU Hockey Season in Review

Matt Wellens' 2006-07 Wildcat hockey season in review can be found in today's edition of the Mining Journal. It can also be viewed online at the Mining Journal online through the link below.

Coach Kyle offers NMU hockey season review

Not the best headline but since I don't want to wake up at 5 a.m. to help lay out the paper, I'm not going to complain. Nice job coffee addicted morning team!

It's a long and extensive review that hit on some major factors from this season including extended losing skids, the lack of offense from everyone except Mike Santorelli and the average goaltending and defense that went with it.

This season opened the doors for some young players and it has opened the door for even more younger players next year. Here is a portion of the side bar which should be available in the print edition which includes the quote from NMU head coach Walt Kyle above on the blog banner:

The Wildcats are losing nine seniors this season and possibly a tenth
player if Santorelli decides to turn pro, which is not a lock according to both
Kyle and the Nashville draft pick. Either way, Kyle said the Cats will have an
entirely new look in 2007-08 that will include up to nine possible freshman, two
transfers and the return of goaltender Derek Janzen from the British Columbia
Junior Hockey League.

“We are going to bring in a lot of guys and we’re going to have to make
changes,” Kyle said. “Some of the guys that played this year are not going to
play the same amount in a year. They just can’t if we are going to move

Kyle refused to project where people will be next year. After projecting players like Andrew Sarauer and Matt Siddall to have break-out years, Kyle wants his players to earn everything. The philosophy is one that maybe reflects on the mentality going into next season.

“As a coach you always want to look ahead and project who is going to step
up and we did that a year ago,” Kyle said. “What we found out was you’re not always right on your projections. I’m not going to get into projecting who is going to do it.
I’m going to let these guys show me they are capable of doing it. I don’t want
to give anyone credit for something they haven’t done yet.”

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