A total of 11 Spartans will be attending National Hockey League team development camps this summer. The camps, which do not affect NCAA eligibility, provide a training camp-like atmosphere. Each camp is comprised differently, offering the respective NHL organization’s own structure, goals and theme, providing a unique experience in a professional environment.
On Friday, June 21, 2019, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the construction of the Munn Ice Arena Expansion project. In support, Michigan State University men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo and wife, Lupe, have made a $1.1 million gift towards the project, while additionally contributing to the Spartan Marching Band and Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). This is the second gift of $1 million or more by the Izzo family since 2011.
Michigan State incoming freshman John Nodler was selected in the fifth round (150th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2019 NHL Draft on Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Construction on an addition to Munn Ice Arena could begin this month on Michigan State University’s campus. MSU trustees approved an $18.8 million arena expansion project Friday. It includes a 35,000 square foot addition, a new entrance, better training facilities, renovated office space and more.
Source: Lansing State Journal
The Big Ten Conference released the league schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season on Wednesday, June 5. The complete Spartan hockey schedule for 2019-20 will be released in the near future. Times and television designations for all games will be announced separately closer to the start of the season. Michigan State will begin its 24-game conference schedule on the road at Penn State, Nov. 8-9, which is a week earlier than this past season.
Torey Krug has put forth a number of impressive performances offensively for the Boston Bruins on their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Entering Saturday’s pivotal game three against St. Louis with 12 points in 19 games, Krug elevated things to another level.
Source: College Hockey – USCHO
This year’s Stanley Cup Final will feature a pair of Spartans in Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins and Mackenzie MacEachern of the St. Louis Blues. The two teams begin the best-of-seven series on Monday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET in Boston.
Michigan State hockey head coach Danton Cole announced today (May 14) that the Spartans have signed Jagger Joshua to a National Letter of Intent. Joshua will join previously signed recruits Nicolas Müller (Arisdorf, Switzerland/Modo Hockey) and Josh Nodler (Oak Park, Mich./Fargo Force) on the Spartan roster for the 2019-20 season.
Source: Michigan State Athletics Site
Michigan State hockey head coach Danton Cole has announced the team captains for the 2019-20 season. Sam Saliba and Tommy Apap will serve as captains, while Jerad Rosburg and Patrick Khodorenko will be assistant captains. It marks the second straight season Saliba will wear the ‘C’ and the first for Apap, who served as an assistant captain last year. Rosburg and Khodorenko will both be serving in leadership roles for the first time as Spartans.
For the second straight year, Taro Hirose was voted the Ron Mason Team MVP and Outstanding Offensive Player. Hirose, who was a First Team All-American, Hobey Baker Award Finalist and the Big Ten Player of the Year, tied for the national lead in points this season with 50. He was also the Big Ten scoring champion with 34 points in 24 league games.
Taro Hirose has been named to the American Hockey Coaches Association/CCM All-America First Team, the organization announced on Friday (April 12). Hirose was one of 25 players named to the AHCA/CCM All-America Teams, which are selected by members of the AHCA.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 10 with three former Spartan hockey players in the mix to chase the sport’s ultimate prize. Torey Krug and the Boston Bruins will take on Toronto in round one, while in the Western Conference, the St. Louis-Winnipeg series pits former teammates Mackenzie MacEachern (St. Louis) and Mason Appleton (Winnipeg) against each other.
Michigan State hockey head coach Danton Cole announced on Tuesday (April 2) the first phase of its recruiting class for the 2019-20 season. Both Nicolas Müller (Arisdorf, Switzerland/Modo Hockey) and Josh Nodler (Oak Park, Mich./Fargo Force) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Spartans for next season.
Taro Hirose has been named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the Award’s committee announced on Wednesday (March 20). The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presented annually to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player.
Taro Hirose has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday (March 19) along with the All-Big Teams. Hirose was the only unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten First Team. Junior Patrick Khodorenko was voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team, while sophomore Mitchell Lewandowski and senior Zach Osburn were both named All-Big Ten honorable mention. Goaltender Drew DeRidder and defenseman Dennis Cesana were both voted to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Hopefully this game at the legendary Madison Square Garden will go better for Taro Hirose than the last one. Hirose will make his NHL debut Tuesday for the Red Wings, as they face the New York Rangers at MSG. Hirose already has played at the historic arena last season while at Michigan State, as the Spartans played Minnesota in a college hockey showcase. The experience didn’t last long for Hirose, though.
Source: Detroit News
The former Michigan State standout laced up his skates for the first time with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at the team’s in-arena practice rink. He signed a two-year, entry-level contract earlier this week. “It was sort of surreal to be out there with guys like (Niklas) Kronwall, guys you’ve grown up watching,” he said after practice. “Definitely a surreal past couple of days. Just happy to be a part of it.”
Source: Detroit Free Press
Junior forward Taro Hirose has agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contact with the Detroit Red Wings, it was announced by the organization on Tuesday (March 12). He finished his MSU career with 116 points (33g, 83a) in 106 games.