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Greatest Michigan Hockey Players Of All Time Ranked

By Kapil Sapkota / 11 January 2024 07:37 AM

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The University of Michigan boasts a rich and storied hockey legacy with a program that has consistently been one of the premier collegiate hockey programs in the United States.

Founded in 1922, the Michigan Wolverines hockey program has been competing at a high level since its inception.

The Wolverines have a strong tradition of success in collegiate hockey, with multiple conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. They won the first NCAA Championship in 1948.

Numerous legendary players have donned the maize and blue for the Wolverines. Players like Red Berenson, Marty Turco, Brendan Morrison, and many others have left a lasting impact on the program.

1. Red Berenson

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Berenson had an exceptional playing career at the University of Michigan and played for the Wolverines from 1959 to 1962.

He was named the team captain and finished the season with 43 points in 27 games in his final season at Michigan.

Berenson received All-WCHA honors during his college career and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1962.

Red debuted in the NHL in the 1961-62 season with the Montreal Canadiens and played for several NHL teams throughout his career

He achieved the rare feat of scoring six goals in a single game for the St. Louis Blues on November 7, 1968.

2. Brendan Morrison

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Morrison played for the Michigan Wolverines from the 1993-94 season to the 1996-97 season. He was a key player for the Wolverines, known for his offensive skills and playmaking ability.

He played a crucial role in helping Michigan win the NCAA Championship in 1996. Morrison was named an AHCA First Team All-American in the 1996-97 season.

Brendan made his NHL debut during the 1997-98 season with the New Jersey Devils. He was selected to the NHL All-Star Game during the 2002-03 season.

The center reached the Stanley Cup Final twice in his career.

3. Marty Turco

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Turco played for the Michigan Wolverines from the 1993-94 season to the 1996-97 season.

The goaltender played a crucial role in helping Michigan win the NCAA Championship in 1996.

Turco was named an AHCA First Team All-American in multiple seasons. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award during the 1996-97 season.

He started his NHL journey with the Dallas Stars during the 1997-98 season.

Marty was key in leading the Stars to multiple playoff appearances and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999. He was a three-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

4. Mike Knuble

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Knuble played for the Michigan Wolverines from the 1991-92 season to the 1994-95 season.

Known for his scoring ability and physical play, Knuble was named to the NCAA West All-American Second Team in the 1993-94 season.

Debut in the NHL during the 1996-97 season with the Detroit Red Wings, Knuble had several seasons with significant goal-scoring production, including multiple 20-goal seasons.

He played a key role in the Philadelphia Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in the 2009-10 season.

5. Mike Cammalleri

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Cammalleri played for the Michigan Wolverines from 1999-00 to the 2001-02 season. He scored 13 goals in 39 games as a freshman in his first year and led the team with 29 goals as a sophomore in 2000-01.

Mike helped lead Michigan to the NCAA Championship in 1998 and was selected for an AHCA First Team All-American in 2001-02.

Cammalleri debuted in the NHL in the 2002-03 season with the LA Kings. He played as a forward, primarily as a left-wing or center.

Mike played in the Stanley Cup Final with the Calgary Flames in 2004.

6. Gordon McMillan

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McMillan played four years of hockey at Michigan, from 1946-1949, and was the team's leading scorer all four years. In 1946, he scored a hat trick in a game against McMaster University.

As a junior in 1948, he broke Michigan's all-time scoring record. Led by McMillan, the Wolverines won the first NCAA Frozen Four ice hockey championship that year.

In 1949, Gordon had career highs with 36 assists and 60 points. He broke the school's scoring record with 210 career points.

7. John Madden

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Madden played for the Michigan Wolverines from the 1993-94 season to the 1996-97 season. The center helped the Wolverines reach the NCAA Frozen Four during the 1995-96 season.

He was named to the AHCA Second Team All-American during the 1996-97 season.

John stepped into the NHL in the 1998-99 season with the New Jersey Devils and won three Stanley Cup championships with the team in 2000, 2003, and 2007.

Madden received the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward for the 2000-2001 NHL season.

8. Wally Grant

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Grant played for the University of Michigan for four seasons between 1945 and 1950. He played on the first NCAA Frozen Four ice hockey championship team in 1948.

He scored a third-period goal in Michigan's championship win over Dartmouth College that year.

Grant was named an All-American three times, in 1948, 1949, and 1950. He captained the team in the latter year.

Wally scored 63 goals and 83 assists for 146 career points in his four years at Michigan.

9. Jack Johnson

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Johnson played for the Michigan Wolverines during the 2005-06 season, helping Michigan reach the NCAA Frozen Four.

He earned All-American honors during his single season with the team.

Johnson began his NHL career in the 2006-07 season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He won the Stanley Cup in 2022 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Internationally, he won the World U18 Championships in 2005 representing the United States national team. Jack had an Olympic silver in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

10. David Oliver

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Oliver ranks fifth in Michigan history in goals and 12th in points. He was a first-team All-American in 1994 and was a part of two Frozen Four teams. He became a Hobey Baker finalist in 1994.

The forward made his NHL debut during the 1993-94 season with the Edmonton Oilers. He had a career-high 20 goals and 19 assists in 80 games with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1996 season.

David currently serves as an assistant coach for the New York Rangers.

11. Jeff Norton

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Norton played for the Michigan Wolverines from the 1983-84 season to the 1986-87 season. The defenseman was named to the All-CCHA Second Team in 1987.

Jeff ranks third all-time among the Wolverines defensemen in goals and fifth in points. He was the team's MVP in 1986 and was named a team captain in 1987.

The defenseman made his debut in the NHL in the 1987-88 season with the New York Islanders. He totaled 52 goals and 332 assists for 384 points playing in 799 career games with 8 different teams.

12. Denny Felsner

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Felsner skated for the Michigan Wolverines from the 1988-89 season to the 1991-92 season.

Felsner helped the team achieve success in the NCAA tournaments. He produced 40 or more points in each of his seasons with Michigan, scoring a career-high 94 points in his last season.

Felsner received a spot in the AHCA First Team All-American during the 1991-92 season.

He had a brief stint in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and played the majority of his professional hockey career in minor leagues and European leagues.

13. Bill Muckalt

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Muckalt represented the University of Michigan from 1994-95 to the 1997-98 season. He was named to the CCHA and NCAA West First All-Star Teams in his senior year in 1998.

Michigan won two NCAA titles while Muckalt was a sophomore in 1996 and a senior in 1998. He was a Hobey Baker finalist in 1998.

Bill was selected for the AHCA First Team All-American during the 1997-98 season.

The former Wolverine debuted in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks in 1998. He earned his career-high 36 points in his first season in the league.

14. Zach Werenski

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Werenski was a part of the Michigan Wolverines during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

The blueliner made an immediate impact as a freshman, accumulating 25 points in his first season and 36 in the next one. 

He earned several accolades during his college career including being named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the AHCA First Team All-American during the 2015-16 season.

Werenski has been playing in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and is an alternate captain for the team. He played his first NHL All-Star Game in 2018.

15. Bill MacFarland

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Bill MacFarland left a significant mark on the University of Michigan hockey team during his three-season stint from 1952 to 1955. 

MacFarland's leadership as captain was instrumental in the Wolverines' back-to-back NCAA championship victories in 1955 and 1956.

He was named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team in 1955. Bill also received three All-American and All-WCHA honors.

Later, he played in the WHL and won the George Leader Cup as the league's MVP in 1962.

MacFarland was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 2009.

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