CHN Staff Report
Michigan junior defenseman Steven Holtz made an appearance at practice today, though is not ready to return to the ice, coach Brandon Naurato said on coach’s show Tuesday evening.
His appearance was welcome news following a bout with a virus that left him hospitalized and on a ventilator last week, according to a social media post by his mother.
“It was awesome to see him and see that he’s doing better,” Naurato said. “He’s still got a little bit of a road to recovery. but he’s smiling and talking, and it’s super positive to him to be around the boys.”
Michigan was ravaged by the unspecific illness over the last few weeks. It swept through the team, ultimately requiring the Wolverines to play Minnesota this past weekend with just 17 skaters, including third-string goaltender Tyler Shea suiting up at forward.
Among those out was team’s leading scorer Adam Fantilli, plus veterans Jacob Truscott and Nolan Moyle, among others.
Michigan was swept in the series by the Gophers. This weekend it will host Harvard for a pair of non-league games.
“Everyone else is slowly getting there,” Naurato said. “A couple guys are still coming out of the sickness, so still light numbers at practice. But overall much better than last week, it’s been a crazy week.”