Sixty-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Spartans and Bulldogs will meet at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Munn.
Neil Koepke's weekly notebook previews this weekend's games.
Neil Koepke's notes and observations from Saturday's game.
UMass scores with 9.9 seconds to play to top Spartans, 4-3.
Photos of Justin Hoomaian
2014-15 (RS Junior): Appeared in 12 games, including each of the last two … Academic All-Big Ten … Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for posting a minimum 3.7 GPA during the year …Hockey team winner of the Scholar-Athlete award, going to the letterwinner with the highest GPA ... Had a season-high two shots at Boston University (10/24).
2013-14 (RS-Sophomore): Appeared in 12 games, registering a goal and an assist ... Scored first-career goal in a 5-4 OT win vs. Wisconsin (3/14) ... Assisted on Greg Wolfe's goal in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Ohio State (3/20) ... Was a plus-1 in each of the last three games of the season ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors for second consecutive year ... Named the hockey team's Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
2012-13 (RS-Freshman): Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Acadmic All-Big Ten honoree ... Saw action in 34 games as a redshirt freshman ... Picked up his first collegiate point with an assist at LSSU (10/27) ... Assisted on goals against Michigan (11/10) and Ferris State (1/18).
2011-12 (Redshirted): Saw action in the first five games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Prior to MSU: Played for the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) ... Had a 17-15-32 scoring line, good for seventh on the team ... Helped the warriors to a runner-up finish in the Robertson Cup ... Selected to the Top Prospect team in the North Division ... Played in 2009-10 for the Buffalo Junior Sabres ... Previously played for the Belle Tire organization.
Personal: Born Dec. 27, 1990 in Southfield, Mich. ... Son of Lisa and Chuck Hoomaian ... Both parents are graduates of Ferris State, where his father was a basketball player before his career was cut short by injury ... Has four sisters: Lauren graduated from Grand Valley; Ally and Erin both play volleyball at Northwood University (Ally is team captain); and a younger sister Kaylin, who plays soccer at Central Michigan ... Grandfather, Jim Hoomaian, was a Golden Gloves champion and a 1952 Olympian ... Graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School ... Lists Jonathan Toews as his favorite NHL player: "I respect the way he plays the game at both ends, and his hard work and effort." ... Describes his father as his idol, because "he always took me to the rink and has always been there for me."