Jonathan Yales

Top MSU Hockey Players of All Time

The MSU hockey team has had a great history in 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 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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Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 3 (Games 14-20)

Western Michigan University Broncos
Oct. 15
4 p.m.
DeMartin Stadium
 

Since 2000, the Spartans are 13-0-1 against the Broncos and are looking to maintain that streak in 2014.
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Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 2 (Games 7-13)

Loyola University Chicago Ramblers
Sept. 14th
2:30 p.m.
DeMartin Stadium
 

The Ramblers are 3-11-2 all-time against the Spartans and have only won once when playing in East Lansing.

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Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 1 (Games 1-6)

Seven months have passed since the Michigan State men’s soccer team played their last soccer game against defending national champs, Notre Dame, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans are looking to get back to the Elite Eight this season, but first they will have to make it through the new Big Ten and a few tough non-conference opponents early in the season.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Eastern Michigan (Sept. 20) and Wyoming (Sept. 27)

The Spartans face off against Eastern Michigan after a bye week and will then take on Wyoming during homecoming week. These games will wrap up the non-conference season for MSU, as Mark Dantonio hopes to earn two victories while the team builds up momentum heading into the Big Ten season.

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Jacobs the Only Spartan Drafted

It took until day two of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but a future member of the Spartan hockey family was finally selected.

Joshua Jacobs was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 11th pick of the second round, 41st overall, in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. The smooth-skating defenseman from Shelby Township, Mich. was the only future Spartan to be selected in the Draft.

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Phil Osaer Named Director of Hockey Operations

With Adam Nightingale stepping down at the end of the pastmen’s hockey season to coach the Shattuck-St.Mary’s high school hockey team in Fairbault, Minn., a gap opened up in a vital position for the Spartan hockey program. That gap has now been filled by Phil Osaer.

Osaer is a native of Livonia, Mich. and earned his business administration degree from Ferris State University. While at Ferris he played goaltender for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001. After college, Phil spent 12 seasons in professional hockey and was an instructor at Suburban Hockey Schools in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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The Pact – #36 – 6/23/14

On this week’s show, Fino Faith and Austin welcomed MSU basketball redshirt senior Keenan Wetzel into the studio. With the recent transfers and fast approaching season on the horizon, MSU basketball was not the discussion however. Wetzel’s off-the-court endeavor, The Cager, a short film written and directed by Wetzel starring ex-Spartan Delvon Roe, was where the discussion began. Accompanied by fellow MSU student and the film’s producer, Nick Stachurski, the two showcased their individual plans and goals for the 25-minute film about a former college basketball star adjusting to life without a back up plan.

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Non-Conference Schedule Preview: Hockey

At last year’s postseason press conference, Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos said that he would include a wide variety of non-conference teams for the Spartans to play in the upcoming seasons. Now with the official 2014-15 hockey schedule released, the Spartans boast a strong but flexible schedule that even Tom Izzo would be proud of. Read More…

The Pact – #34 – 6/9/14

This week marked a big show for The Pact with recent MSU football and basketball signings going down and with the seasons coming up faster than the panel expected.

Fino and Faith welcomed Dan Kilbridge of 247sports.com to discuss and debate the current signees of the 2015 football class (OG Kyonta Stallworth, OT Noah Listermann, CB Tyson Smith, QB Jayru Campbell and QB Brian Lewerke.). Read More…

Rule Changes Possibly Coming for 2014-15 Season

Change is in the air this summer as the NCAA Hockey Rules Committee (headed by Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos) recently proposed several rule changes to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel last Friday.

There were a total of nine rule changes approved by the committee. The changes that could have the most significant impact on the game include new rules for faceoff procedure, (who puts their stick down first, faceoff location in the offensive zone, etc.) expanding the use of video replay, and new shootout regulations.

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The Pact – #32 – 5/26/14

The panel welcomes a new producer as well as a host of heated debate topics to dig into this week.

The Pact lost the first and only producer of the show, Lou Divizio, as he moved up in the world. Jonathan Yales now takes over to lead the second generation of the show to new heights.

This week’s show began again with guest reporter, Zac Sweirad, to discuss the outcome of MSU baseball’s season and the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb.

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Big Ten Hockey Schedule Released

Michigan State’s Big Ten schedule has been announced and, like last year, the Spartans will face each of their Big Ten conference foes four times during the regular season.

The major difference is that this year the Big Ten Tournament will be held at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit as opposed to Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Also, no word has come as to the date of the annual Joe Louis game between the Spartans and the Wolverines.

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The Pact – #31 – 5/19/14

The show kicks off with a special guest, Zac Sweirad, Impact Sports’ MSU baseball reporter, who adds to the panel’s discussion of the team’s season and what to expect in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.

The topics then shift to playoffs and begin with a heated debate about the Chris Kreider-Carey Price collision in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The show wraps up with a discussion about the NBA playoffs and how much the Serge Ibaka injury will hurt the Oklahoma City Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

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Wisconsin, Minnesota and Others Opt out of Gentleman’s Agreement

Several members of college hockey’s royalty appear to be disenchanted with the rest of the league.

After a vote by the American Hockey Coaches Association Convention moved to keep the “Gentleman’s Agreement,” several hockey programs, including Minnesota and Boston College, announced they would no longer adhere to the agreement and not recognize the verbal commitment as binding.

Instead, they would only recognize the NCAA National Letter of Intent. Soon after, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves announced his program would follow suit.

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The Pact – #30 – 5/12/14

The 2014 NFL Draft is over and the panelists had the weekend to digest the seven rounds of choices. Fino, Faith and Lou discuss the Lions’ controversial top choice of tight end Eric Ebron as well as their overall feelings for Detroit’s eight draft choices.

The panel also discusses the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Spartans who partook.

This week’s show finishes with a debate about the current series in the NHL Playoffs.

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MSU Hockey Alums to Represent Team USA

A couple of former MSU hockey players have earned the honor of pulling over the red, white and blue jerseys this spring.

Justin Abdelkader and Jeff Petry were both selected to represent Team USA in the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Championships located in Belarus.

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Spartans Add More Weapons to Freshman Class

While the Michigan State men’s hockey team grows “organically” in order to improve for what will likely be a defining year, they will not have to do it alone. In addition to their two previous National Letter of Intent signees (defenseman Josh Jacobs and goaltender Edwin Minny) MSU head coach Tom Anastos recently announced the official addition of defenseman Carson Gatt (brother of current Spartan senior Nickolas Gatt) and forward Dylan Pavelek.

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The Pact – #29 – 5/5/14

The condensed panel of Fino, Austin and Lou start the show discussing the comments of L.A. Clippers’ owner, Donald Sterling.

With summer being the time of playoffs, this week’s show was split right down the middle in order to cover both the NBA and NHL playoffs.

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The Pact – #28 – 4/28/14

Fino opens this week’s episode of The Pact with a rant on the alleged racist comments of L.A. Clippers’ owner, Donald Sterling.

After a quick break, Lou and Austin wrap up the Bruins vs. Wings series and Lou cashes in on the two’s pre-series bet.

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