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HONORS AND AWARDS
1998-99: Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament Team
CCHA All-Academic Team
Academic All-Big Ten
1997-98: CCHA All-Academic Team (honorable mention)
1996-97: CCHA All-Rookie Team (honorable mention)
MASON ON HORCOFF: “Shawn has made great strides each year here. With his day-to-day effort, I’m sure he will improve again this year and become the go-to guy up front.”
SCOUTING REPORT: Shoots left. Has the complete package offensively: good speed, hands and hockey sense. A terrific leader with a great work ethic, he is the team captain after serving as assistant in 1998-99. Should step into the No. 1 center role.
DID YOU KNOW? Fifteen of Shawn Horcoff’s 36 career goals have come in the third period or overtime, and 14 have come on the power play.
* MSU was 19-1-3 last year when Horcoff had a point and 10-0-1 when he scored a goal.
* Only three returning CCHA players have scored more points in league play the last three years than Horcoff (61).
1998-99: Tied for second on the team in scoring (tops among returning players) with 12-25-37 totals in 39 games. Those totals were good for 11th in the CCHA, as were his league totals (10-20-30). Had two PPGs, three SHGs and a GWG. Shared team lead with 13 power-play points. Enjoyed an eight-game scoring streak from Jan. 3 to Jan. 29 (4-7-11). Scored 24 of his 37 points and 10 of 12 goals on the road or at neutral sites. Had one two-goal game (Jan. 16 vs. Miami) and 12 multiple-point games. Twice equaled his career best with three points in a game (Oct. 23 vs. BGSU, Jan. 16 vs. Miami). Had the game-winning goal at 16:26 of the third period of a 3-1 win over Northern Michigan (Oct. 30). Had a goal and an assist vs. the Wildcats in the GLI semifinals (Dec. 26). Had an assist in each NCAA tournament game, as he played some of his best hockey down the stretch.
1997-98: Finished sixth on the team in scoring with 14-13-27 in 34 games, missing 10 due to injury. Had two game-winning goals, both in championship games. Scored in the third period vs. Wisconsin to lift MSU to the Team Cheerios Ice Breaker Invitational title, while his double-overtime goal in the CCHA title game gave MSU that victory over Ohio State. Had six power-play goals, fourth-best on the team. Missed two games in January with an ankle injury and eight more in February with a fractured thumb. Had a pair of two-goal games (vs. UAF, Jan. 2, and vs. Miami, Jan. 31) and six multiple-point games. Had a career-best three points (2-1-3) vs. Miami Jan. 31 before fracturing his thumb in the third period. Had points in each of the last three games of the year (2-2-4), including a goal in the NCAA tournament game vs. Ohio State.
1996-97: Made an immediate impression as a freshman, skating in all 40 games and finishing sixth on the team in scoring with 10-13-23. Scored his first two collegiate goals against Bowling Green Nov. 1, and added his next goal vs. Michigan the next night. Had three two-goal games and was potent on the power play, with six PPGs. Had points in the last three games of the season (March 14-22; 2-2-4), including a short-handed goal and an assist in the NCAA tournament loss to Minnesota.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL in 1995-96. Earned the BCHL Subway Player of the Year award as well as being named the co-MVP for the regular season. His 49 goals and 96 assists (145 points) in 58 games gave him the Brett Hull Scoring Championship Trophy. Honored as first-team all-league selection, team MVP and Fan Favorite. Chiefs head coach Harvey Smyl skated for Michigan State from 1983-85. Horcoff played from 1993-95 with Trail of the RMJHL, compiling a total of 154 points in 96 games. He was the league MVP his second year after winning Rookie of the Year honors the year before. Was a team captain each year with Trail and Chilliwack. Played for British Columbia in the Canadian Winter Games in 1995, with 3-13-16 in six games as B.C. finished fifth.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 17, 1978. A marketing major. Was a fourth-round selection (No. 99 overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Father, John, was his coach, and Shawn credits him as his biggest hockey influence. John played for Clare Drake, Canadian college hockey’s all-time winningest coach, at the University of Alberta from 1973-75. Shawn was a first-class honor student each year at Stanley Humphries Secondary School and also lettered in track and field. Nickname is “Horc.” A fan of Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings. Enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, pool and traveling. Son of John and Bruna Horcoff.
YEAR GP G A PTS PEN/MIN 1996-97 40 10 13 23 10/20 1997-98 34 14 13 27 21/50 1998-99 39 12 25 37 27/70 TOTALS 113 36 51 87 58/140
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