Tambellini to Forgo Senior Year

Almost three weeks from the loss of starting goalie Al Montoya, the Wolverines hockey team suffered another significant blow, this time coming on the offensive end of the ice. After being named a captain earlier in the off season, senior forward Jeff Tambellini agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL on Monday.

Jeff Tambellini's loss provides the Michigan offense with a significant void. As a junior in 2004-05, Tambellini lead the Wolverines in goals (24), assists (33), and +/- rating (+30). Now, with less then two months remaining before the start of the season, Coach Berenson will be scrambling to find someone to replace the veteran from Port Moody, British Columbia.

"It's a sad part of the game when money takes over and diverts top players before they can finish school," said Coach Berenson. "It has been Jeff Tambellini's dream to play at the top level and hopefully he can attain that. I wish he would have stayed for his senior season and had a great final year to finish his career. Jeff is a classy kid, a good student and a great player."

Tambellini was selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the No. 27 selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

As a reward for his efforts during his junior season, Tambellini was selected as a first team All-CCHA member. He also reeled in awards as an All-CCHA tournament selection, CCHA tournament MVP, first team All-Midwestern Regional team, and second team All-American.

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