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Friday, June 10, 2011

Wiseman named new assistant at UM

Michigan Press Release

The University of Michigan announced the hiring of assistant coach Brian Wiseman on Thursday.

A four-year letterwinner (1991-94) and former Hobey Baker Award finalist under Red Berenson, Wiseman was an assistant coach in 2010-11 for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

In his first season with Houston, Wiseman helped the Aeros finish second in the AHL West Division and reach the Calder Cup final. He previously served as an assistant coach at Princeton University during the 2003-04 campaign. Wiseman was a video coach for the Dallas Stars in 2002-03 and served as the Michigan ice hockey team's administrative assistant in 2000-01 and '01-02.

In 166 career games for the Maize and Blue, Wiseman racked up 348 points, which ranks third all-time for the program. His 164 assists are second-best in U-M annals. As a senior captain in 1993-94 he led U-M in scoring (19-50-69), earned All-America first team honors and was voted a Hobey Baker finalist. Wiseman is one of only seven U-M players to notch 50 assists in one season. He led off his career by garnering the CCHA Rookie of the Year award in 1990-91 when he tallied a 25-33-58 line, the second-highest point total by any Wolverine freshman.

Wiseman was a member of U-M's first CCHA regular-season championship team (1991-92) and its first CCHA Tournament winner (1994). He won a second CCHA regular-season crown in 1993-94.

Wiseman's four seasons at Michigan started the school's streak of 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, a national record. His teams reached the Frozen Four in 1992 and '93.

A selection of the New York Rangers in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft (12th round, 257th overall), Wiseman appeared in three NHL games, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996-97. He had six strong seasons between the International Hockey League and the American Hockey League. In 446 career minor league games, he totaled 515 points on 145 goals and 370 assists. In 1998-99 he was the IHL's leading scorer and most valuable player while leading the Aeros to the Turner Cup. He also captained the Aeros in 1999-2000.

Wiseman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. During a hiatus from hockey from 2005-10, he worked as an account manager for M-I SWACO, a Houston-based oil and gas supplier.

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