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Opinion: Breaking Down Men’s Hockey’s Newest Recruits

The early-signing period for the NLI has come and gone and Michigan State hockey has done quite well. The Spartans recently announced five NLI signees that will join the team as freshmen next season.

Unlike last year’s class that was primarily defensive-minded (highlighted by D-man Josh Jacobs and goaltender Ed Minney) next year’s class will likely add some much-needed scoring depth and potential to the roster. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #12 – 11/19/14

This week on Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal recap Michigan State men’s ice hockey’s close loss to No. 8 Boston College and what they take away following MSU’s fifth one-goal loss this season.

In addition, our hosts look at the MSU women’s upcoming series against Davenport, take a look at Tom Anastos’ latest recruiting class, and preview Michigan State’s Big Ten opener against Ohio State. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Boston College

The game is here.

Michigan State hockey’s non-conference game against Boston College is one that fans may have circled on their calendars at the start of the season.

Michigan State (3-5-0) will face off against No. 8 Boston College (4-5-0) this Friday at Munn Ice Arena. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #11 – 11/12/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down Michigan State’s road split against the UNH Wildcats this past weekend.

Later on, Jason and Brian look ahead to Friday’s showdown against Boston College.

For more updates on Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey, follow Jason and Brian on Twitter at @Jason_R_Ruff and @Brian_Bobal. Read More…

Hildebrand Earns Big Ten First Star

For the second week this year, a Spartan has earned the the Big Ten hockey No. 1 star. Jake Hildebrand was recently named the Big Ten’s first star hockey last Tuesday for his exceptional play against Ferris State last weekend.

Hildebrand posted a .947 save percentage, stopping 35 of 37 shots sent his way. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #10 – 11/5/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal welcome the host of The Pact, the one and only Anthony Serafino as a special guest.

Jason, Brian and Fino will break down Michigan State’s weekend split with Ferris State and give a preview of this weekend’s matchup on the road against the University of New Hampshire. They’ll also take a look at the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams and much more! Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview: Ferris State

After a troubling weekend stint in Massachusetts, the Spartans return home to East Lansing to face another daunting opponent, the No. 15 Ferris State Bulldogs.

Know Thy Enemy and Know Thyself

Michigan State is reeling, no one can dispute that, but then again so are the Bulldogs. Both teams are riding a three-game losing streak heading into this weekend’s contest, and both teams were swept last weekend, (MSU by BU and UMass-Lowell, Ferris by Michigan Tech). Read More…

Behind the Mask – #9 – 10/30/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, hosts Jason Ruff and Brian Bobal break down last weekend’s performances by the Michigan State ice hockey and field hockey teams.

Later in the show, the hosts check in on the other Big Ten teams and preview men’s hockey’s upcoming home series against No. 14 Ferris State. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #8 – 10/23/14

On this episode of Behind the Mask, Jason Ruff and Brain Bobal recap MSU’s opening series against UMass.

In addition, the hosts look ahead to the Spartans’ raod trip to Boston University and UMass-Lowell and check in on MSU women’s field hockey and club ice hockey. Read More…

Weekend Hockey Preview – UMass

Weekend Hockey Preview is back for a new season as the Michigan State Spartans take on the UMass Minutemen Friday at 7 p.m.

Know Thy Enemy

The Minutemen are coming into this weekend’s contest at Munn with a regular season game already under their belts, losing 8-1 to Boston University. Read More…

Behind the Mask – #7 – 10/15/14

As the Michigan State Spartans men’s hockey team prepare for their home opener against U-Mass, Behind the Mask is ready to get you up to date on the team’s status heading into the game.

Host Jason Ruff along with reporter Brian Bobal discuss MSU’s bye week storylines, as well as updates on other Big Ten teams.

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Tom Anastos Speaks Prior to Home Opener

On Tuesday, Michigan State men’s ice hockey coach Tom Anastos had his first weekly press conference of the season. During the conference, Anastos gave some insight on last week’s practice schedule and the Spartans’ simulated road trip.

Last weekend’s practices (which were open to the public) were very up-tempo and very productive, according to Anastos.

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Men’s Hockey Freshmen Show Promising Start

For four freshmen, this past week was the first time they put on the Spartan uniform.

“It was exciting to put on the Spartan sweater for the first time and get used to the feeling of representing Spartan hockey,” freshman Dylan Pavelek said.

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Behind the Mask – #6 – 10/7/14

Behind the Mask is back for another season of Michigan State hockey. New host Jason Ruff, along with Brian Bobal, are at Munn Ice Arena for the Spartans’ exhibition opener against the Windsor Lancers.

Jason and Brian discuss what their first impressions of the team are period-by-period. They also provide a look ahead to the upcoming regular season, which begins Oct. 17 against UMass.

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More Renovations Coming to Munn

As the Spartans prepare for their 40th season under the roof of Munn Ice Arena, the Michigan State Athletic Department announced further renovations to Munn that will take place over the next 12 months and will be the prelude to a total building renovation.

“Our goal is for Munn Ice Arena to represent a tribute to Michigan State’s rich hockey past and commitment to its future,” athletic director Mark Hollis said in an early morning press release. Read More…

Anastos Speaks at Big Ten Hockey Media Day

Can’t wait for hockey season?

Until the Spartans play their Green and White game to kick off the preseason, here are some MSU related bits from Big Ten Hockey Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.

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Who Will be the Next Big Ten Hockey School?

It is a question that has surrounded fans for the past few years: “Will the Big Ten hockey conference ever expand, and who will step up?”

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves re-ignited the conversation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. In the interview, Eaves expressed his desire to see the six-team conference grow in the near future, and listed Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern as potential additions.

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Hockey lands Another Verbal Commit for 2015

Michigan State has landed another verbal commitment for the 2015-16 season.

Brennan Sanford of the Cedar Rapids Roughriders who play in the USHL has committed to play for the green and white next season.

Sanford was acquired by the Roughriders from the Austin Bruins of the NAHL.

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Top MSU Hockey Player of All Time

The Spartans have had a great history in men’s college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest Spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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