Freshman just second player in school history to claim Rookie, MVP Awards in same season
Anastos saw marked improvement in team's mentality
MSU season comes to a final horn
Michigan State skates to a 4-2 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 20.
2011-12 (Junior): His 11-point season is better than his 10 as a freshman ... Spent the last 14 games with classmate Anthony Hayes in the middle and senior Trevor Nill on the right side ... Had a three-point series at Lake Superior State ... Had the primary assist on Brett Perlini's goal that was 13 seconds into the game and tallied a power-play goal (10/14) ... Assisted on Greg Wolfe's goal that happened with six seconds remaining in the game (10/15) ... Recorded the secondary assist on Brett Perlini's game-winner at Western Michigan (11/12) ... Had the lone assist on Matt Crandell's second period goal against Minnesota (11/26) ... Scored in back-to-back games at Michigan (12/10) and against Michigan Tech (12/29) ... His tally against Michigan Tech in the semi-finals of the GLI was the game-winner ... Had a multiple point effort against Northern Michigan scoring a first period goal and assisting on Anthony Hayes' tally ... Scored at Ohio State where he was a season-high +3 (2/3) ... Scored a shorthanded goal in the second period in MSU's 4-2 win over Notre Dame (2/25)...
2010-11 (Sophomore): Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Played in 37 games, recording two goals and four assists ... Played some games on the wing in addition to his natural position of center ... Recorded an assist on Jake Chelios' first collegiate goal against Alaska (10/23) ... Had a season-best five blocked shots in the second game against Maine (10/15) ... Had an assist on Kevin Walrod's second goal of the game against Michigan Tech (12/30) in the GLI consolation game ... Scored his first goal of the season, an outstanding individual effort, in the 7-4 win over Miami (1/22). His goal was the eventual game-winner ... Scored a first-period tally in a tough loss to Northern Michigan (2/11) ... Had a pair of assists in the victory over Alaska (1/19), his first multiple-point game of the season ... Won 22 of 34 faceoffs against Bowling Green (2/25-26).
2009-10 (Freshman): Given the Provost's Award at MSU's Academic Gala, annually given to a male and female MSU freshman who has excelled in academics, community outreach, leadership and athletics ... Appeared in all 38 games ... Played in all situations ... Finished his debut campaign with a 6-4-10 scoring line (-8), tied for fourth among first-year players with Dean Chelios ... Had an assist in his first college game against Clarkson, on Zach Josepher's power-play goal (10/9), and the next night scored a late game-winner against the Golden Knights (10/10) for his first collegiate tally ... Scored the game's first goal in a 2-1 win over Western Michigan (10/30) ... Scored in a 3-3 tie with Nebraska-Omaha (11/6) ... Scored the eventual game-winner in a 2-0 victory over Michigan at Munn (11/14) ... Had a goal and an assisrt in the Great Lakes Invitational and was a +1 ... Recorded the game-tying tally in MSU's 2-2 deadlock at Bowling Green ... Had an assist in the second CCHA quarterfinal game against Michigan (3/13).
Prior to MSU: Played two years for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL ... Captained the team in his final season, while recording an 11-27-38 scoring line (good for fourth on the team) with 89 PIM ... Had a 13-11-24 line in 47 games with 87 PIM in 2007-08 ... Helped the team improve from a seventh-place finish in his first year to a second-place finish in 2008-09 ... Was the recipient of Lincoln's Community Service Award ... Attended Hinsdale South High School from 2003-07.
Personal: Born Dec. 24, 1988 in Chicago, Ill. ... Son of Karen and Alan Forfar ... Has a brother, Aric, who attends Lake Forest College and plays both hockey and lacrosse. Also has a younger brother, Luke, who plays for the Chicago Fury ... Lists Marian Hossa as his favorite NHL player, and his favorite team as his hometown Chicago Blackhawks ... Hero is Michael Jordan, because he was cut from his sixth-grade basketball team only to become the greatest player of all time ... Credits his father for always being supportive of his decisions.
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