Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos has recently announced that 6 more players have committed to play hockey at Michigan State University for next season. Forwards Mackenzie MacEachern (of Troy, MI) and Mike Ferrantino (of Plymouth, MI) have signed National Letters of Intent. Defenseman Nickolas Gatt (of Farmington Hills, MI) is transferring from Alabama-Hunstville and David Bondra (of Annapolis, MD), Brock Krygier (of Novi, MI) and Connor Wood (of Bloomfield Hills, MI) have enrolled at MSU for the fall semester. This means that there will be 11 newcomers for the MSU hockey program for the 2012-13 season.
When asked about the newcomers coach Tom Anastos remarked:
"We lost a large class last season, which included a lot of experienced players. We are excited about this group, as it has a nice blend of talent, leadership and toughness. As they gain experience, we look for these players to make big contributions to our program."
Forward; 5-11, 185; DOB 8/26/92; Annapolis, Md./Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Strong skating left winger with very good skill set.
Forward; 5-9, 175; DOB 1/1/93, Plymouth, Mich/Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Hardworking centerman who is very smart, plays with a relentless intensity, is a good face-off man and has strong leadership capabilities.
Junior, Defenseman; 6-3, 185; DOB 12/20/90; Farmington Hills, Mich./Alabama Huntsville
Strong skating, puck-moving defenseman. Smart player, excellent student.
Defenseman; 6-0, 180; DOB 12/9/93; Novi Mich./ Detroit Honeybaked U-18
Steady, puck-moving defenseman who takes great pride in his defensive play. Strong skater with a high hockey IQ.
Forward; 6-2, 175; DOB 3/9/94; Troy Mich./ Brother Rice/ Chicago Steel (USHL)
Very dynamic scorer in high school … Big, with a very good reach … has good hands, sees the ice well and has a good scoring touch around the net.
Forward; 5-10, 170; DOB 3/7/94; Bloomfield Hills, Mich./ Detroit Honeybaked U18
Speedy centerman who has a lot of winning experience playing in the Honeybaked organization for many years. Plays with great energy and creates offense through hard work and speed. Strong leadership qualities.
Recruits already announced:
Forward; 6-0, 178; DOB 9/17/93; Chesterfield, Mich./Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
Has excellent puck skills … Talented player and elite skater.
Defenseman; 6-2, 186; DOB: 12/2/93; Faribault, Minn/Shattuck St. Mary's
Plays a high level of hockey … Possesses great hockey intellect … Moves the puck well and is strong both offensively and defensively … A hard-working player with strong leadership qualities.
Goaltender; 6-0, 172; DOB: Butler, PA/Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL)
Big goalie who is quick and moves well … Very competitive.
Defenseman; 6-1, 210; DOB: 9/25/93 ; Calgary, Alberta / Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
Large, physically imposing defenseman … Competes hard … Has benefitted not only from play with Okotoks, but with Canada West teams …
Forward; 6-1, 185; DOB:5/17/93; Farmington Hills, Mich./Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Scouting report: Strong skater with very good skills … Power forward with good size … Hard-working.
Defenseman; 5-10, 175; DOB: 6/4/93 ; Lansing, Mich. /Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
A fierce competitor … Developing into a solid all-around player who will be able to play in all situations.
With all the new talent that is coming into MSU this year, coupled with the talent of current MSU players, this year will stack up to be quite a year. We at Spartans 101 wish you luck Spartan hockey, in your upcoming season!
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