1934–35 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season

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1934–35 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey season
1934–35 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey.jpg
Conference Champions Big Ten Conference
Home ice Ann Arbor Coliseum
Overall 12–3–2 (4–0–2 conference)
Coaches and Captains
Head Coach Ed Lowrey
Captain(s) Johnny Sherf, John Jewell
Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey seasons
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The 1934–35 Michigan Wolverines men's ice hockey team represented the University of Michigan in college ice hockey. In its eighth year under head coach Ed Lowrey, the team won the Big Ten Conference ice hockey championship, compiled a 12–3–2 record (4–0–2 conference), and outscored all opponents 60 to 30.[1]

Left wing Johnny Sherf and goalie John Jewell were the team's senior co-captains. Jewell left the team during the season for an appendectomy. He was replaced in goal by Bill Chase.[2]

Sherf scored more goals during the 1934–35 season than all of Michigan's opponents combined.[3] He scored four goals in the opening game of the season against the Essex Frontiers.[4] During a two-game series on the road against Minnesota in January 1935, Sherf played the entire 140 minutes of both games (including overtime) "without a penalty and with relief only to change sticks."[5] Sherf later played for the Detroit Red Wings and in 1937 became the first U.S. citizen to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Michigan's sophomore center Vic Heyliger also went on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks and later returned to Ann Arbor as the Wolverine's hockey coach from 1944 to 1957.

With a record of 4–0–2 against Big Ten Conference opponents, the 1934–35 Wolverines won the conference championship, the first conference championship won by a Michigan athletic team since the spring of 1934.[6] After watching Michigan defeat Minnesota on February 23, 1935, to win the conference championship, athletic director Fielding H. Yost said, "Now we've got a championship! Did you see how Sherf outsmarted 'em for the last goal? That boy's a real athlete! A real Meechigan athlete!"[7] The Wolverines broke Minnesota's streak of having won four consecutive Big Ten ice hockey championships.[2]

The Wolverines concluded the season with an 8-3 victory over the St. Thomas Athletic Club. The eight goals in the game was the most scored in "a major game" at the Ann Arbor Coliseum up to that point.[8]

At the end of the season, three Michigan players, left wing Johnny Sherf, center Vic Heyliger, and defenseman Donald MacCollum, were selected to the All-Midwest team.[3]


During the season, Michigan compiled a 12–3–2. Its schedule was as follows.[9]

Date Opponent Score Result Location
Dec. 5, 1934 Essex Frontiers
Amherstburg, Ontario
6-2 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Dec. 8, 1934 London, Ontario, Athletic Club
(Intermediate Ontario Hockey Ass'n)
1-3 Loss Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Dec. 15, 1934 Chatham Maroons 2-3 Loss Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Dec. 19, 1934 McMaster 6-4 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 11, 1935 Wisconsin 6-0 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 12, 1935 Wisconsin 2-1 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Jan. 18, 1935 Minnesota 2-2 (OT) Tie Minnesota
Jan. 19, 1935 Minnesota 4-3 Win Minnesota
Jan. 22, 1935 Point Edward 3-2 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 11, 1935 Ontario Agric. College
(at the University of Toronto)
2-0 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 15, 1935 Michigan Tech 2-1 (OT) Win Houghton, MI
Feb. 16, 1935 Michigan Tech 2-3 Loss Houghton, MI
Feb. 22, 1935 Minnesota 1-1 Tie Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
Feb. 23, 1935 Minnesota 3-1 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
March 1, 1935 Michigan Tech 3-0 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
March 2, 1935 Michigan Tech 7-1 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
March 7, 1935 St. Thomas Athletic Club
St. Thomas, Ontario
8-3 Win Coliseum, Ann Arbor, MI
60–30 12–3–2

Roster and scoring statistics[edit]

Eight members of the 1934-35 Michigan hockey team received an "M" for their participation on the team. They are indicated in bold below. Two other players, Edward Chase and Jack Merrill received varsity numerals. Sampson J. Smith received the manager's award.[10]

Name Year Position Hometown Goals Assists Pts
Richard Berryman Sophomore Right wing Homer, Michigan
Edward C. Chase Sophomore Detroit, Michigan
William K. "Bill" Chase Sophomore Goalie Detroit, Michigan
Walter Courtis Senior Detroit, Michigan
Lawrence "Larry" David Junior Right defense Hibbing, Minnesota
Vic Heyliger Sophomore Center Concord, Massachusetts
John Jewell Senior Goalie Calumet, Michigan
Donald MacCollum Senior Left defense Rochester, Michigan
Gilbert McEachern
Jack Merrill Sophomore Detroit, Michigan
John Sherf Senior Left wing Calumet, Michigan
Parker Stetson Defense
Edward Sullivan Defense


  1. ^ "Michigan Hockey Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. p. 2. 
  2. ^ a b "Varsity Wins Big Ten Hockey Title". The Michigan Alumnus. March 2, 1935. p. 270. 
  3. ^ a b 1935 Michiganensian. University of Michigan. 1935. p. 146. 
  4. ^ "Varsity Sextet Breaks Even in First Two Games". The Michigan Alumnus. December 15, 1934. p. 169. 
  5. ^ "Wolverines Hockey Team Nears Big Ten Title". The Michigan Alumnus. February 2, 1935. p. 223. 
  6. ^ "Michigan Six Conquers Minnesota to Win Title". The New York Times. February 25, 1935. 
  7. ^ "Hockey Title Is Won By Michigan: Victory Over Gophers Brings Wolverines A Championship". The Owosso Argus-Press (AP story). February 25, 1935. 
  8. ^ "Hockey Team Closes Season With Victories". The Michigan Alumnus. March 16, 1936. p. 290. 
  9. ^ "Michigan Hockey Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. p. 4. 
  10. ^ "Insignia Awards for Winter Sports". The Michigan Alumnus. April 27, 1935. p. 342.