Only five players with a Hungarian passport have ever heard their name called at the NHL Entry Draft. Kristóf Papp hopes to be the sixth. It’s all he’s ever wanted since a family friend introduced him to the sport as a child.“I started playing hockey back in Hungary when I was 6-years-old,” Papp told EliteProspects. “We had a family friend who just took me around to try out a couple of different sports. I went skating one time next to a team that was practicing, and ever since then, I’ve just been in love with hockey.”
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The Hockey Commissioners Association, which represents the 11 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey conferences, issued the following joint statement on September 10 regarding the delayed start of the 2020-21 college hockey season. Each conference will announce details on game schedules, including the start dates, individually.
Michigan State hockey lost a lot of top-tier players and a lot of production this past spring with the graduation of starting goaltender John Lethemon, leading point-getter Patrick Khodorenko, and forward Sam Saliba, among others. The Spartans will need to have several players step up if they want to take the next step and compete for a Big Ten title. However, the Spartans have numerous guys on the roster who are poised to take that next step.
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When the National Hockey League resumes play on Aug. 1, six former Spartan hockey players will retake the ice and begin their quest for the Stanley Cup. Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), Derek Grant (Philadelphia Flyers), Jeff Petry (Montreal Canadiens), Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), Mason Appleton (Winnipeg Jets) and Mackenzie MacEachern (St. Louis Blues) will all take part in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, which will take place in Toronto and Edmonton.
Michigan State sophomore Josh Nodler has been invited to the 2020 World Junior Summer Showcase, USA Hockey announced on Tuesday (June 16). The camp will be held July 24-Aug. 1 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.
Free Press reporter Chris Solari examines his first 25 (or so) years covering Michigan State sports, with the final part on the Spartans’ facilities.
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Free Press reporter Chris Solari examines his first 25 (or so) years of covering Michigan State sports, with Part 1 on Spartans legends
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Danton Cole announced today (May 14) the addition of six players to the Spartans incoming class for this fall. Charlie Combs (F/Bemidji State), Powell Connor (D/Trail Smoke Eaters), Kyle Haskins (F/Waterlook Black Hawks), A.J. Hodges (F/Sioux City Musketeers), Nash Nienhuis (D/Omaha Lancers) and Jon Mor (G/Langley Rivermen) have all signed to join the Spartans for 2020-21. They will join the previously announced signees Pierce Charleson (G/Brooks Bandits), Calvin Dybicz (D/Tri-City Storm), Aiden Gallacher (D/Youngstown Phantoms) and Kristof Papp (F/Madison Capitols).
Five Spartans have been named to the All-Big Ten Hockey Team, the conference announced on Monday. Patrick Khodorenko was voted to the first team, while defensemen Dennis Cesana and Jerad Rosburg were named to the second team along with goaltender John Lethemon. Forward Mitchell Lewandowski earned honorable mention accolades. The five selections are Michigan State’s most ever to the first, second, or honorable mention teams.
Any self-respecting hockey fan in America, let alone at Michigan State, should be able to tell you who Ryan Miller is. Pair the NCAA’s most elite goal-tender to date with legendary (and 1986 national champion) Head Coach Ron Mason, and you have one of the most elite teams playing at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing for the 2000-2001 season.
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The Michigan State hockey program has announced its team awards for the 2019-20 season. A trio of seniors all garnered two honors, including goaltender John Lethemon who was named the Ron Mason Most Valuable Player. Forward Patrick Khodorenko was named the Outstanding Offensive Player and also won the Spartan Fitness Award, while defenseman Jerad Rosburg won the Blue Line Club President’s Award and was named the Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player for the second straight year.
Michigan State senior goaltender John Lethemon has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, it was announced Tuesday, March 24 by Let’s Play Hockey. The seventh annual award that honors the top collegiate goaltender will be announced April 10. The five finalists will be announced Monday, March 30.
Even though he is playing basketball in Germany right now, former Michigan State basketball star Matt McQuaid knows that it was one year ago today (March 17) the Spartans beat Michigan, 65-60, for the Big Ten Tournament Championship.
Michigan State senior forward Patrick Khodorenko has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on an entry-level contract, the club announced on Tuesday (March 10). Khodorenko’s contract begins in 2020-21, and he will join the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) immediately on an Amateur Try-Out (ATO).
Satchmo and DB look back at how Michigan State won its third-straight Big Ten basketball championship. And then they discuss what they’d like to see out of MSU in the B1G conference tournament and seed possibilities in the NCAA tournament. They also talk about Spartan hockey, women’s hoops and how the coronavirus could impact sports.
Michigan State redshirt senior defenseman Jerad Rosburg has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars, the club announced on Monday (March 9). Rosburg will report to the Texas Stars, the club’s top affiliate in the American Hockey League. Rosburg, a finance major, appeared in 141 games during his four seasons wearing the Green and White and compiled 55 points (12g, 43a) – the most by a Spartan defenseman since Torey Krug (2009-12).
Michigan State was determined to get off to a better start on Saturday against Michigan than it did on Friday. Mission accomplished. The Spartans had a solid first period, played with good tempo and created some dangerous scoring chances. They didn’t score but came away tied 0-0 after 20 minutes. MSU was also determined to put some pucks behind U-M goalie Strauss Mann. Mission not accomplished.
The Michigan State hockey team’s 2019-20 season came to an end on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Michigan in game two of the best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines broke a 0-0 tie with two goals in the second period and added an empty-netter in the final minute of the game.
The Michigan State hockey team fell to Michigan on Friday, 3-0, in the opening game of the best-of-three Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series between the teams in Ann Arbor. Michigan sandwiched a pair of power-play goals – one in each of the first two periods – around an early goal in the second to take a 1-0 series lead.
Spartans and Wolverines face off in opening round of the Big Ten tournament. As the dust settles at the end of a chaotic logjam in Big Ten hockey, the tournament seedings open a new chapter in hockey’s most-played rivalry.
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