Michigan hockey motivated by the Wolverines ‘Frozen Fours in the late’ 90s

BOSTON – Mel Pearson and Bill Muckalt have been here before, in the same arena, with the effort 24 years ago as great as it is right now for Michigan hockey.

Their roles are very different now that the Wolverines are preparing for a Frozen Four matchup with Denver still chasing their first championship since 1998.

Pearson, a longtime assistant under Red Berenson, is looking for his first championship five seasons after taking over the program. Muckalt, one of the star players on that team (and the school’s title team in 1996), is now a UM assistant.

Michigan head coach Mel Pearson, center, watches training as Wolverines prepares for a Frozen Four game against Denver at TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

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Pearson quickly returned to win it all and called his mentor shortly after he knew his team would try to bring home a championship trophy. They also recalled the player surveys they did when Wolverines could not quite do it.

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