2000-01: Appeared in all 42 games, tallying 5-19--24 ? Earned CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman Award ? Named to All-CCHA second team and league All-Tournament team ? Five goals matched a career high while 19 helpers and 24 points surpassed previous single-season bests ? Ranked third among MSU blueliners in points ? Was second among Spartan defensemen in goals and assists ? Tied for third on the team with a +18 plus-minus rating ? Notched a career-high four points with four assists vs. Northern Michigan (Nov. 10) ? Scored a goal in MSU?s win vs. Boston College in the first round of the Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 29) and added a marker in the Spartans? GLI championship victory vs. Michigan Tech (Dec. 30) ? Named to the All-GLI team for his efforts against BC and MTU ? Named to NCAA All-West Regional team after posting a +2 plus-minus rating in Spartans? quarterfinal win vs. Wisconsin (March 25) ? Ranked second among Spartan defensemen in playoff scoring with 0-4--4 in five contests ? Scored at least one point in eight of MSU?s 10 games between Dec. 29-Jan. 27, posting 3-6--9 during that span ? Named sixth-best pro prospect in the Nashville Predators? system by The Hockey News.
1999-2000: Scored 5-12--17 while playing in all 42 games ? Named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team after recording 1-2-3 in the two games at Joe Louis Arena ? Had 3-5-8 in five playoff games ? Goals included two PPGs and one GWG ? Had two assists in the GLI semifinals vs. Michigan Tech (12/29) ? Had GWG against Northern Michigan (2/12) on a breakaway as he left the penalty box ? Scored just before the buzzer sounded in the first period against Miami (3/11) ? Eight of his 17 points came in the first period ? Ended the season with a five-game point-scoring streak and a point in eight of last nine games (3-8--11 during that span) ? Recorded nine points in March (3-6--9), one more than the first five months of the season combined (2-6--8).
1998-99: Played 37 games for MSU and totaled 3-12--15 ? Garnered CCHA All-Rookie honorable mention status ? Finished second among MSU rookies in points and first in assists ? Had 2-6--8 on the power play ? A two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks after helping MSU to the Great Lakes Invitational championship (0-2--2) and a three-game sweep of Alaska Fairbanks (0-1--1 in 2 GP) ? Finished with a +11 plus/minus rating ? Two of his three goals came on the power play and two came during the playoffs (vs. Lake Superior, 3/12; vs. Colorado College, 3/28) ? His goal against Colorado College tied the score 3-3 with 1:40 remaining and set the stage for Adam Hall?s goal 32 seconds later which sent MSU to the Frozen Four.
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent 1997-98 with the U.S. Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor ? Finished with 7-22-29 in 60 games for Team USA ? Had a pair of power-play goals and two game-winning goals ? Played with five fellow Spartans on Team USA ? In 1996-97 with Little Caesars, totaled 15-41--56 and a +115 rating in 82 games played.
WITH TEAM USA: In addition to spending 1997-98 with the Under-18 Team, Hutchinson played at both the 1998 and 1999 U.S. National Junior Team evaluation camps in Lake Placid, N.Y.
PERSONAL: Born March 24, 1980, in Evanston, Ill. ? A merchandising management major ? Drafted in 1999 by the Nashville Predators in the second round (No. 54 overall) ? Graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S. ? Nickname is ?Hutch? ? A fan of the Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Niklas Lidstrom ? Son of Tom and Sue Hutchinson ? All members of his immediate family were varsity athletes on the collegiate level.
YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN/MIN 1998-99 37 3 12 15 2 0 0 +11 13/26 1999-2000 42 5 12 17 2 0 1 +4 32/64 2000-01 42 5 19 24 1 0 2 +18 23/46
TOTALS 121 13 43 56 5 0 3 +33 68/136