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Michigan's Kampfer Assaulted, Hospitalized

CHN Staff Report

Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer was hospitalized last weekend after being assaulted by a football player, according to a Michigan Daily report.

Originally, coach Red Berenson said Kamfer was hurt in an "an off-ice incident." He was taken to the hospital with injuries after being thrown to the ground during an altercation near East Quad.

University Police Lieutenant Robert Neumann said the victim was picked up and “body-slammed” to the ground by a man, who was accompanied by two other men, the paper said.

According to newspaper sources, the assault was made by Michigan senior Mike Milano, a redshirt junior on the football team. Milano, 22, is listed as a 5-foot-7, 196-pound running back from Rocky River, Ohio on the Athletic Department’s website. A former wrestler who wrestled for Michigan his first two years on campus, Milano walked onto the football team in spring 2007.

According to reports, there was some sort of verbal exchange made before Milano's friends approached Kampfer and his friend — then Kampfer was picked up and thrown to the ground.

Witnesses said Kampfer wasn’t moving and appeared to be unconscious after the attack. Police found Kampfer on the ground outside East Quad after responding to a call from an emergency phone, the newspaper reported.

Michigan coach Red Berenson said Kampfer would be out of action for a while.  The fourth-round NHL draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, would not be suspended after returning to the team, the newspaper said.

“I can’t tell you that he did anything bad,” Berenson told the paper. “He just was a victim.”

CHN reporters Mike Eisenstein and Nathan Sandals, Michigan students, were involved in the reporting of this article.

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