Hockey is about to begin. This week, we are breaking up Team USA into different State teams. Being in Lansing, I had the pleasure of working on Team Michigan. The forwards represent a Noah's Ark of college and Jr. teams; Plymouth Whalers, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Lake Superior State Lakers to name a few.
To check out Team Michigan, click here.There are 6 U.S. states which have produced 71.5% of US hockey players playing in today's NHL(any guesses as to which 6 they are?). Interestingly Michigan slightly edged Minnesota as the number one producer of NHL talent.
This team has some very experienced upper management, great goaltending, older forwards and a solid but not flashy defensive core.
Coach: Dan Bylsma (Bowling Green State University) - While he probably isn't the most highly regarded person right now in Michigan after his Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup, the pride of Grand Haven, Michigan would be my selection to lead Team Michigan. While he doesn't have a tremendous amount of NHL coaching experience he seemed to get the best out of the Pens for the short period of time he had them. Plus with Mike Illitch as owner and Craig Patrick as GM he will have plenty of experience around him.
1. Tim Thomas (University of Vermont Catamounts)
2. Ryan Miller (Michigan State Spartans)
3. Brent Johnson (Owen Sound Attack)