The Michigan Daily’s Josh Taubman reports that the University of Michigan Wolverines will have a familiar name on their roster this upcoming NCAA season.
Phillipe Lapointe, the son of former Red Wings player Martin Lapointe, will be skating for the Wolverines as the younger Lapointe (Phillipe is an older freshman at 20 years of age) attempts to carve out a name for himself:
“(Playing college hockey) is something he’s wanted to do since he was a kid,” Martin said. “Having a chance to play for University of Michigan, for him it was a dream come true.”
Phillipe is coming off a stellar year with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League, where he totaled 20 goals and 35 assists in 36 games.
Former Trail Smoke Eaters head coach Jeff Tambellini felt Phillipe was the perfect leader to build his team around. Phillipe’s greatest intangible trait is his leadership, which will be a valuable asset to Michigan’s highly touted freshman class.
“He was a player that I thought was so similar to the way his father played,” Tambellini said. “You look at the skillset that Marty had, Phil does the same things.”