Tom Anastos

Men’s Hockey Freshmen Ready to Make an Impact

Even though this year’s men’s hockey freshmen class is small with four players, they still have the potential to have a large impact on the ice for the Spartans this season.

“I think it’s a real good freshman class and that’s coming off a real good freshman class from last year,” fourth-year coach Tom Anastos said. “I think that’s what is important, to put some consecutive groups together to build our talent level and the depth on our team. Read More…

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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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…

Conference Schedule Preview: Hockey

The 2014-2015 Big Ten hockey schedule has been released, as Tom Anastos and the Spartans will look to improve last season’s conference record of 5-9-6-4. And despite finishing second to last, Michigan State lost four regulation games by one goal and had wins over some of the best teams in the country.

For Anastos, there is a lot of motivation for this team to improve starting with their first conference match-up in Columbus, Ohio with Ohio State. 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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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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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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Opinion: Future Still Bright for MSU Hockey

The season is over and we all have questions. Is Tom Anastos under the gun next year? Will developing “organically” help or hurt the team? How will MSU be able to replace Wolfe, Riemer and the Chelios brothers?

First off, I do not think anyone will deny that this season was much better than last season. Winning percentage was higher, defense was better, and overall, it just seemed that MSU was in almost every game they played in.

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MSU Hockey: Final Press Conference

Tom Anastos, head coach of the Michigan State men’s hockey team, addressed the media for one last time Tuesday. In his third season behind the bench, Anastos and his Spartans recorded an 11-18-7 overall record and went 5-9-6-4 in conference play.

Anastos’ opening statement recapped his team’s play in the Big Ten Tournament, and said that, “from a performance standpoint, we were obviously disappointed.”

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Opinion: Do or Die for MSU Hockey

The regular season is in the books. It’s history. Forget about it!

The postseason has arrived and it is a whole new ballgame…or puck-game…whatever. The inaugural Big Ten hockey tournament is here, and the Spartans will have to win-out in order to continue their season.

This season has not been too kind to the Spartans. They have struggled to find the back of the net (which they seem to be fixing as of late), their quality of play has been inconsistent, and games have slipped away by the narrowest of margins.

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The Pact – #22 – 3/17/14

With only a three-member panel of Fino, Faith and Lou, MSU men’s hockey, the Detroit Red Wings and the Pistons are the three topics on The Pact’s table this week.

With the Spartans’ regular season coming to an end this past Saturday, The Pact discusses the hockey team’s disappointing season, what the future of Anastos should be, how this team will perform in the Big Ten tournament and who should start in goal in game one on Thursday against Ohio State.

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One Shot and 20 Minutes Short of Victory in Final Game

After shocking No. 5 Wisconsin in overtime Friday night, the Spartans were looking to end Big Ten and regular season play on a high note.

Unfortunately, the Badgers had other plans.

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Weekend Hockey Preview: No. 5 Wisconsin vs. MSU

For the last weekend of the regular season, the Michigan State Spartans (10-16-7) welcome the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (21-9-2) to East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. With senior night fast approaching, it will be an emotional weekend for the Spartans who look to build up their confidence and rhythm going into the Big Ten Tournament.

The Wisconsin Badgers are coming off an exceptional weekend, grabbing five out of six points against the Penn State Nittany Lions. They are still chasing No. 1 Minnesota for the Big Ten regular season championship. However, the Badgers are five points behind the Gophers and will need to have a perfect weekend (and a Michigan sweep of Minnesota) in order to jump to No. 1.

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Opinion: Spartans Played Best Game Yet

What was it? Was is head coach Tom Anastos’ timeout early in the first period? Was it the sellout crowd at Munn Ice Arena? Or was it the grit and determination of the senior class?

Whatever the reason, one thing is predominantly clear: the Spartans played their best game of the season last Saturday against No. 12 Michigan.

While it was not the first time the Spartans have rallied back to win a close game this season, no game had the stakes as high as this one. Read More…

A Will to Win

After being embarrassed last night in Ann Arbor, Mich. 7-1, the Michigan State Spartans were looking to end their season series against Michigan on a good note. Before five minutes ticked away in the opening period, the No. 12 Wolverines already had a 2-0 lead over the Spartans.

Michigan’s Luke Moffatt buried a goal just 1:15 into the game and Cristoval Nieves added another just over three minutes later. It was not until midway through the first period when the Spartans found the back of the net on a goal by senior captain Greg Wolfe.

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Riding out the Storm

It is clear that we are now in the dark days of the MSU hockey rebuilding process. Offense has been scarce, close games have slipped away and many are becoming frustrated.

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” Thomas Paine once wrote, and that quote is as true today as it was nearly 250 years ago.

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Another Heartbreaker for MSU Hockey

For the second straight game, the Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes needed extra time and eventually a shootout to determine a winner. Although the game is considered a tie, the Spartans failed once again to gain an extra point in the standings.

The last three games between these teams have resulted in a shootout.
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Heartbreak for Men’s Hockey

An efficient penalty kill seemed inevitable from the start.

MSU had killed 22 of its last 24 opponent power-play attempts in the past seven games, but it was the power-play that haunted them in a 2-2 tie Friday night.

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