For seniors forward Dylan Pavelek, goaltender Ed Minney, and sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko, this is not their first time playing underneath new head coach Danton Cole. All three players played for USA National Team Development Program during the time under Cole. For Minney, playing under his former coach brings in new opportunities for this team.
Over the summer, defenseman Zach Osburn, forward Taro Hirose and defenseman Mitch Eliot all participated in NHL development camps. As for sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko, he represented Team U.S.A in the World Junior Summer Showcase. “It was fun,” Osburn said. “Going into it I was pretty nervous to be with all those really good players and skilled players. It almost was a little intimidating, but when I was there you kinda realize, you know what these guys are good, but I feel pretty good too.”
As stadiums get bigger and other teams get better, MSU's hockey team struggles to draw in fans. The new leadership and eight new freshmen are meant to bring back a great team. But going back to MSU's former glory may take longer than fans are willing to wait.
When forward Mason Appleton announced Thursday he was leaving the MSU hockey program for the pros, he realistically left a hole.
Mason Appleton is headed to the pros. Appleton signed with the Winnipeg Jets, the team that drafted him in 2015. His three-year entry level contract has an average annual value of $758,333.
Two former Spartan associate captains, Thomas Ebbing and Rhett Holland, are headed to the minor leagues after graduating the MSU hockey team.
For the first time under MSU hockey head coach Danton Cole, he has elected his first captain — rising junior forward Mason Appleton.
The Danton Cole era of the MSU hockey program has begun. An 18-year coaching veteran and MSU alum has assumed the role of the head coach of the MSU ice hockey team after the former head coach, Tom Anastos, stepped down in March.
62 MSU student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2017 winter sports season, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday. To be eligible for this honor, each student-athlete must earn a varsity letter, be in at least their second academic year at a Big Ten university and obtain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. MSU swimming and diving sophomores Gabe Whitaker, Courtney Aycock and Heidi Surdyk were three of 12 conference student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. Below is the full list of MSU's honorees: Men's Basketball Kyle Ahrens, So.
After MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis announced on Tuesday Tom Anastos, who led the Spartans to a mere seven wins in the 2016-17 season, was stepping down from the helm of the MSU hockey program, the search to find a replacement instantly commenced.
In one final gasp, the Spartans finished a treacherous 2016-17 season — ousted by the No. 3-seeded Ohio State University in the Big Ten Tournament, 6-3.
After finishing the regular season with a 7-23-4 overall record (3-14-3-1 Big Ten), the MSU hockey team begins the postseason a sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will face No. 3 seed Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament Thursday night in what will be the fifth matchup this season between the two teams.
Each week, The State News will interview a member of the MSU hockey team and ask questions that aren't just related to hockey. Last time, The State News interviewed freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko. This week, The State News interviewed redshirt-freshman defenseman Jerad Rosburg.
With four games remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, the MSU hockey team will conclude their season series with No. 13 Ohio State this weekend.