Earned an everyday role as a sophomore after an injury-shortened freshman season ... A smart player with significant international experience, which has helped develop his game ... A big, strong defenseman who can play a physical game.
2007-08 (Junior): Posted a career high in points in addition to his role as half of MSU's shutdown defensive pair with Daniel Vukovic ... Posted an assist on Andrew Rowe's first collegiate goal, scored against Northern Michigan (10/26) ... Assisted on Corey Tropp's second-period goal against Miami (11/15) ... Posted fifth assist of the season on Tim Kennedy's game-winning power-play goal in game two of Lake Superior State series (12/1). That assist pushed his season total to five points to surpass his previous single-season high of four, set as a sophomore ... Assisted on Kennedy's goal in 4-1 loss to Michigan Tech in the semifinal game of the Great Lakes Invitational (12/28) ... Posted an assist on Matt Schepke's second-period goal in game one of the Notre Dame series (1/11) ... Had solo assists on Chris Muller's third-period goal in game one (1/18) and Justin Abdelkader's third-period empty netter in game two (1/19) in Ohio State series ... The back-to-back assists mark the first time in his career he has posted at least one point in consecutive games.
2006-07 (Sophomore): Rebounded from a frustrating, injury-plagued freshman year to appear in all but one game for the Spartans ... Tallied his first career point with an assist on Nick Sucharski's goal at Western Michigan (10/15) ... Assisted on Bryan Lerg's overtime game-winning goal against Lake Superior State (1/19) ... Picked up his third career helper on Jay Sprague's second career goal in game one against Nebraska-Omaha (3/9) in the CCHA quarterfinals ... Notched an assist for the second time in four games against Lake Superior State at the CCHA Championships (3/17) ... Played a crucial role in helping State kill all 11 man-advantages it faced in the NCAA Midwest Regional (3/23-24) and 16 of 17 opponent power plays overall in the NCAA Tournament.
2005-06 (Freshman): Appeared in 17 games in his first collegiate season ... Missed most of the second half of the season with an injury ... Skated in his first series in the Spartan uniform in a homestand against Nebraska-Omaha (11/11-12).
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the U.S. National Team program in Ann Arbor from 2003-05 ... Appeared in 41 games with one goal and six assists for seven points in 2004-05 ... Also had 67 penalty minutes ... Member of the 2004 Compuware Four Nations Cup Gold Medal team ... Won a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Czech Republic ... As a member of the U.S. Under-17 Team in 2003-04, recorded two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 67 games ... Also tallied 93 penalty minutes ... At the 2004 World Under-17 Challenge in St. Johns, Newfoundland, recorded two assists in six games for Team USA ... The U.S. team lost to Quebec in the bronze-medal game ... Skated at the USA Hockey Select-17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn., in July 2004 ... Prior to the U.S. Team, spent six years with Little Caesar's AAA organization ... As a pee wee in 2000, won a silver medal at the U.S. Nationals ... Won the Michigan State Championship in 2002 and took a bronze medal at the 2002 U.S. Nationals as a bantam ... Attended the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp in August 2005.
PERSONAL: Born April 23, 1987 ... Interdisciplinary Studies/Law and Society major ... Enjoys playing golf, lacrosse, biking, working out and fishing and hunting ... Graduated from Ann Arbor Huron High School ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player: Sergei Fedorov ... Career ambition is to play in the NHL ... Son of Ralph and Joanne Gentile ... Says his parents are his biggest hockey influence, because they were athletes themselves, and brought him up in a hockey environment.
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