Neil Koepke previews the Spartans' opening series.
MSU rallies for three goals in third period
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Photos of David Bondra
2013-14 (Sophomore): Limited to five appearances due to upper-body injury and subsequent season-ending surgery ... Scored first-career goal in a 3-2 loss at Michigan Tech (11/9) ... Played his final game of the season Dec. 1 vs. Princeton ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2012-13 (Freshman): Appeared in 35 games as a true freshman, registering three assists ... Recorded his first-collegiate point with an assist in his first-career game (Minnesota 10/12) ... Had a season-best eight shots on goal vs. Michigan (11/9) ... Assisted on goals against Michigan (11/10) and at Notre Dame (12/8).
Prior to MSU: Played the 2011-2012 season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the Chilliwack Chiefs ... Appeared in 59 games for Chilliwack with a 22-41-63 scoring line, including four game winning goals ... Earned the "Most Dedicated" award his season in Chilliwack ... Competed during the 2010-2011 season in the USHL for the Chicago Steel playing 58 games with a scoring line of 4-5-9 ... Previously competed with the Washington Junior Nationals (2008-10), scoring 68 points in two seasons, and team Maryland (2006-08), netting 51 points in 44 games over two seasons ... Selected as the 21st overall pick, by Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the 2010 KHL (Russia) draft ... Represented Slovakia in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia (2009), the U-18 Five Nations Tournament and World Championships in Belarus, (2010), and the U-20 Summer Hockey Challenge in the Czech Republic (2011).
Personal: Born on Aug. 26, 1992 in Poprad, Slovakia ... Son of Peter and Luba Bondra ... Has two siblings, a sister, Petra (a 2011 graduate of Georgetown currently studying law at her alma mater) and brother Nicholas, who is in high school and plays hockey for the Washington Little Caps ... Graduated from the Severn School in 2011, and earned varsity letters in tennis as a sophomore and junior ... Inducted into the National Honor Society ... Father appeared in 1,081 NHL games with four franchises, primarily with the Washington Capitals (also Ottawa, Atlanta, and Chicago) ... Helped lead the Capitals to the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, and was a teammate of MSU assistant coach Kelly Miller for nine seasons in Washington ... Uncle, Juraj, also played professional hockey in Slovakia and France ... Considers the Washington Capitals his favorite NHL team, and his favorite player is Nicklas Backstrom - for his smooth hands, great shot, great vision, and playmaking abilities ... Lists his father as both his biggest hockey influence and his hero. "He taught me everything I know about the game, and that hard work and determination can get you anywhere."