1999-2000: Compiled an 11-6-1 record, a 2.17 GAA and a .907 save percentage His GAA ranked eighth in the nation and third in the CCHA .907 saves percentage ranked 29th nationally In conference games, he posted a 1.98 GAA (second in the CCHA) and a .908 save percentage (sixth) Recorded his fourth career shutout vs. Ohio State (10/22) Made career-best 37 saves, including 20 in the third period alone, against Michigan in the GLI championship game (12/30) Earned GLI All-Tournament Team honors He and Ryan Miller are just the second MSU goaltending tandem to both have over 10 wins in a season (Bob Essensa and Norm Foster did it four times, 1983-87) Allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his 18 starts CCHA All-Academic Team selection.
1998-99: Enjoyed one of the finest seasons ever by a college hockey goaltender, establishing MSU single-season records in goals-against average (1.55) and save percentage (.928) Named to NCAA West All-American first team Earned CCHA Best Goaltender honors Named to All-CCHA second team Earned a trio of academic honors GTE Academic All-District second team, CCHA All-Academic honorable mention and Academic All-Big Ten His GAA led the nation and was the best in the NCAA since Ken Dryden posted a 1.52 at Cornell in 1967-68 His GAA and save percentage in conference games (1.34 and .935, respectively) set CCHA records Posted a 21-5-7 record and owned three shutouts Named CCHA and U.S. College Hockey Online Defensive Player of the Week after leading MSU to a sweep of Notre Dame and Michigan 2/20-21 (51 saves, 2 GA on the weekend) Made a career-best 36 saves against Northern Michigan (1/23), helping MSU salvage a 1-1 tie Had his first career shutout at Miami Nov. 14, his second in a 1-0 win over Notre Dame Feb. 12 and a third March 13 vs. Lake Superior in the CCHA Tournament Allowed more than one goal just 12 times in 33 games and more than two goals just six times Posted an assist at Lake Superior (1/22) Missed six games during his stint with Team USA at the World Junior Championship.
1997-98: Appeared in five games, including four starts, as backup to first-team All-American Chad Alban Finished with a 2-2-0 record, a 2.23 GAA and a .889 save percentage Earned a win in his first start vs. Mankato State (11/14), stopping 11 shots and allowing two goals Earned another win against Alaska Fairbanks (1/16), making 15 saves and allowing one goal Was the tough-luck loser in a 1-0 game vs. Bowling Green (12/7) as he made a career-high 26 saves His lone relief appearance helped MSU come from behind to beat Lake Superior (1/24) Made his final start against NMU, suffering a 5-1 defeat while making 19 saves.
PRIOR TO MSU: Starred for the Compuware Ambassadors and Coach Mike Vellucci in 1996-97 Earned first-team All-NAHL honors after leading the league in GAA (2.91) and save percentage (.910) Posted a 19-5-1 record and led the team to a second-place finish, earning team MVP honors in the playoffs An all-star game selection at the 1996 OHL Prospects Tournament Michigan Hockey magazines Midget Hockey Player of the Year in 1996 and the magazines No. 1 college prospect in 1997.
WITH TEAM USA: One of two goaltenders named to the 1999 U.S. Junior National Team Led the team at the World Junior Championship in Manitoba with a 3.03 GAA and a .909 save percentage Posted 36 saves in a 5-2 U.S. upset of Canada on New Years Eve in Winnipeg Earned the USA Hockey/Heaton Goaltender of the Year Award in 1996-97 Led the U.S. Select 17 Team to a silver medal at the Pacific Cup in British Columbia in August of 1996 Participated in the U.S. Junior National Team evaluation camp in August of 1997 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 26, 1979 A special education major interested in a career in teaching Enjoys working out, playing golf, reading and working with children Attended Livonia Churchill High School, where he earned two letters in baseball Awarded the schools scholar-athlete award his junior and senior years Also earned the schools Social Studies Award and Citizenship Award Nickname is Chuck Lists his biggest hockey influence as his first travel team coach, current head of the NHLPA Bob Goodenow, the father of MSUs Joe Goodenow A fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek Son of Jeffrey and Frances Blackburn.
YEAR GP MIN GA GAA SV SV% W-L-T 1997-98 5 242:12 9 2.23 72 .889 2-2-0 1998-99 33 2012:31 52 1.55 667 .928 21-5-7 1999-2000 18 1025:02 37 2.17 359 .907 11-6-1
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