November 30, 2012
Michigan developing next wave of American NHLers
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
ANN ARBOR, MICH. - The Ice Cube is an innocuous brown brick building in a leafy area on the outskirts of this cozy college town west of Detroit, best know as the home of the University of Michigan.
Michigan's trademark "M" dominates the landscape here, posted up on most of the buildings on the sprawling campus which serves as the cultural and economic epicentre of the community. Tradition and history are in strong supply here.
Inside a door just before the main entrance to the Ice Cube, behind a USA Hockey logo, there's evidence of another strong athletic legacy growing in the shadow of the Wolverines.
This is the home of USA Hockey's under-17 and under-18 teams ... and a lot of trophies. It's like the basement of the Gretzky household in Brantford, Ont.