Kolarik, Porter to Join Wolverines Program Next Season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head ice hockey coach Red Berenson announced today (Thursday, Nov. 20) that two student-athletes -- Chad Kolarik (Abington, Pa.) and Kevin Porter (Detroit, Mich.) -- have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend and play hockey at the University next fall.

Both 5-11 forwards, Kolarik and Porter have played in the United States National Team Development Program for the past two seasons. Through 14 games with the U.S. NTDP's Under-18 team this season, Kolarik has accumulated six goals and two assists for eight points and Porter has a 1-4-5 line through 14 games. Kolarik leads the team with three power-play tallies.

In 2002-03 with the Under-17 team, Kolarik led the squad with 61 points on 29 goals and 32 assists in 62 games. Porter was ranked second on the team with 48 points (28 goals, 20 assists) in 58 games. Porter led the Under-17s with four short-handed goals and four game-winning tallies.

The Wolverines lose three players to graduation at the conclusion of the 2003-04 season: captain Andy Burnes (Battle Creek, Mich.), forward Joe Kautz (Des Plaines, Ill.) and forward/defenseman David Wyzgowski (North Street, Mich.).


Kolarik and Porter will bring U-M's number of U.S. NTDP alumni next season to nine.

Michigan will face the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team, featuring both signees, in an exhibition game on Jan. 17, 2004, at Yost Ice Arena.

Contact: Andrew Ladd (734) 763-4423

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