Information About the Hockey Roster Website
This website attempts to compile as complete a roster as possible of all individuals who have been part of the varsity hockey program at the University of Michigan from the 1922 school year through the present. It includes varsity and reserve letterwinners as well as non-letterwinners and members of the freshman team.
The database contains over 1,600 player/year records, i.e., one record for each year an individual was a member of the team. Tom Messinger, who played only on the 1944 team, has one record. Ted Greer, who was a member of five varsity teams from 1943-1945 and 1957-1947, has five records.
The roster information is derived from a number of sources:
- Athletic Dept. Official List of Letter Winners
- Michigan Hockey Media Guides, 1938-present
- Hockey Game Program rosters
- Team Photos
- Student Directories (1823 to present)
- Michiganensian (yearbookj)
- Michigan Daily (student newspapers)
- Michigan Alumnus Magazine
- Alumni Association Necrology Files (obituaries, newspaper clippings etc. about former students, assembled by the Alumni Association)
Notes on Database Fields
- Names are entered in separate database fields for last name and first name-middle name/initial. The results are displayed in last name, first name order. Variant spellings of last names have been standardized. Shortened versions of first names and nicknames have been standardized based on the most commonly used form. (Jim to James for example). Middle names/initials are included when available or necessary to distinguish between individuals with the same first and last names. For some years, rosters gave only last names. In most cases it was possible to determine the first name from other sources. Last names followed by question marks indicate either that the name did not appear in any of the other sources or could not be definitively identified among several possibilities. Question marks following a first name indicate it is probably correct, but not certain.
- Player's uniform number. It appears numbers were first used in the mid 1930s, but rosters with player numbers data only from the 1938 seaon. Numbers are sometimes not available for some non-letter winners and freshmen.
- Hockey season: 1943 is 1942/43 seasson.
- Indicates the letter the individual was awarded. The field is blank for non-letterwinners.
A variety of letters have been issued over the years:
- af - All-Freshman numeral or letter (1930-1970)
- ama - an intermediate between varsity and reserve (1915-1929)
- jv -- "Junior Varsity"
- m -- Student manager
- r -- Reserve (1931-19610
- sa -- Secondary award (1938-1945)
- v -- Varsity M
- The player's position as listed in the Media Guides, game programs or other sources.
- D -Defense
- C = Center
- F = Forward
- G = Goalie
- LW = Left Wing
- RW = Right Wing
- W = Wing
- LD = Left Defense?
- Rd = Right Defense?
- sub = substitute
- m = student manager
- The class field usually gives the player's current class status as Freshman (Fr.), Sophomore (So.), Junior (Jr.) or Senior (Sr., Sr. + for 5th year seniors). For the 1943-1944 seasons, the class field lists the players military status: C=Civilian, M=Marine, N=Navy, R=Reserves.
- Hometown, State
- Player's hometown as listed in Media Guides or Game Programs or in other sources (usualy the university General Catalog, Student Directory or the Alumni Association Necrology File). US states use standard postal abbreviations. Canadian provinces are abbreviated as: ONT = Ontario, QUE = Quebec, SAS=Saskathewan, MAN=Manitoba, Occasionally Media Guides and Game Programs listed different hometowns for a player in different years. The student directories and other sources were used to determine the correct hometown, though in a few cases players (or their families) did change "hometowns" during their college careers.
- Previous Team
- Player's previous team (high school or Junior Hockey) is listed when the information was present in media guides, game programs or other sources. For most smaller towns, the presumption is that the name of the high school is the hometown name. Many records, particularly for earlier years, do not include high school information.
Some Known Deficiencies
While every effort has been made to make the database as complete as possible, the rosters are known to be incomplete in several respects. For most of the years between 1922 and 1938 the main source of information is the Official List of Letterwinners.
Before preseason team rosters become available in 1938, and the list of letterwinners is the primary source of information, many non-letterwinning palyers are probably not listed. For example, a player may have won a freshman letter and then not won a varsity letter until his senior season. He would not be listed in the database for his sophomore and junior years though it is probable he was a member of the team.
The "All-Freshman" letter was first awarded in 1930. The letter award was changed to the "Freshman Numeral" in 1927 and continued through the 1970 season when freshmen were made eligible for varsity competition. Rosters of freshman letterwinners are not available for all years. The freshman letterwinner rosters do not, in most cases, include all individuals who were members of the freshman team.
Walk-ons and other non-roster players who were with the team for all or parts of seasons, but did not make it into a game program, media guide roster or a team photo are likely not included.
Efforts to fill the deficiencies and update the database continue as time permits. If you find an error in an entry or know of a player who is not included in the database, please contact me with the information and any supporting evidence at firstname.lastname@example.org.