Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's win at Michigan.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's matchup with No. 6 Denver.
The Spartans met with the media on Oct. 5.
The Spartans will play their first exhibition game of the season.
2016-17 (Freshman): Saw action in 21 games ... Picked up an assist for his first-collegiate point vs. Denver, Oct. 22 ... Made his collegiate debut at LSSU on Oct. 15 ... Had 14 blocked shots.
Prior to MSU: Tallied 17 points (2g, 15a) in 59 games in playing his second season with the Bloomington Thunder in 2015-16 ... Led Bloomington in plus/minus at plus-14 and was voted the team's defenseman of the year ... Both goals in 2015-16 came on the power play ... Appeared in 52 games, recording nine points and 61 penalty minutes in his first season with Bloomington in 2014-15 ... Teammate of fellow Spartan classmate Logan Lambdin in Bloomington ... Played for the Fargo Force in 2012-13 (48 games) and 2013-14 (41 games) recording seven and six points, respectively ... Played youth hockey for Compuware ... Played with MSU teammate Dylan Pavelek as part of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that won the 2012 Five Nations Tournament.
Personal: Born July 4, 1996 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan ... Son of Sejaan and Nada, both born in Lebanon ... Lists his father and older brother, Saleem, as his biggest hockey influences because of their support and sacrifice ... Lists the Detroit Red Wings are his favorite team and Brooks Orpik as his favorite player because he's "physical, aggressive and a leader" ... Lists his father as his hero ... Began playing hockey after watching The Mighty Ducks movies.