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Monday, October 05, 2009

Western Michigan Broncos Preview

By Karl Henkel/Western Michigan Beat Writer


Head coach: Jim Culhane (11th season)

Home arena: Lawson Ice Arena (4,000)

Last season: 14-20-7 overall, 9-13-6-2 CCHA (7th), lost to Michigan in CCHA quarterfinals

Back for more: J.J. Crew, P.J. Kavaya, Kyle O’Kane, Derek Roehl, Ian Slater, Greg Squires, Max Campbell, Matthew Federico, Adam Flink, Jerry Kuhn, Mike Levendusky, Patrick Nagorsen, Travis Paeth, Ryan Watson, Chris Clackson, Jordan Collins, Riley Gill, Jared Katz, Tyler Ludwig, Cam Watson

So long, farewell: Chris Frank (signed with AHL’s San Antonio Rampage), Patrick Galivan (signed with Chicago Wolves of AHL, assigned to ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators), Dave Krisky, Steve Silver, Sean Weaver, Kevin Connauton (drafted by Vancouver Canucks, left for WHL)

Welcome to campus: Ross Henry (D), Ben Miller (RW), Matt Tennyson (D), Brett Beebe (RW), Luke Witkowski (D) and Trevor Elias (LW)

NHL draft picks: 3 (Witkowski, Campbell, R. Watson)

Notable Quotable: “They (the sophomores) had the baptism last season about the competitiveness of our league and I was really pleased the way in which Greg Squires, J.J. Crew and Kyle O’Kane finished the season. They also spent the summer here and worked extremely hard with our strength and conditioning coach so we look for the numbers of each of those three to be improved upon from last season.” – Head coach Jim Culhane

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