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Czarnik Jumps Ship to Major Junior

Michigan Forward Staying In School

CHN Staff Report

Michigan sophomore Robbie Czarnik has quit the team so he could sign with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 19-year old Czarnik, a Michigan native, was a third-round NHL Draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2008. He said he is staying in school and will continue to take classes.

In 12 games this season, Czarnik has three goals and three assists. He had five goals and 16 points in 37 games last season.

"I wasn't happy there and want to be happy again," Czarnik told the Detroit Free Press. "I don't think I got as much better as I should have."

Michigan coach Red Berenson could not be reached for comment.

Michigan broke a five-game losing streak Saturday, defeating Bowling Green to go to 5-7. But Czarnik told the Free Press that his decision was not because of the team's tough start.

"We could have been 10-2, and I would have had the same feelings," he told the paper. "It was strictly on how I feel.

The Whalers expect him to play his first game tomorrow, and be on one of their top two lines.

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