The Spartans met with the media on Oct. 1.
Miller, Abdelkader, Keith Up For Spots in Sochi
Six Spartans have won the Stanley Cup in last eight seasons.
Blackhawks and Bruins will meet in the first Original Six final since 1979.
NHL Post-Season Begins Tuesday
2001-02: Earned 2002 CCHA all-rookie team honorable mention status, after appearing in all 41 games ? Added three goals and 12 assists for 15 points ? Opened the season with a five-game point streak from Oct. 6-26, recording 2-6--8 during that span ? Had four multiple-point games on the season ? picked up a pair of assists vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 12), notched two helpers vs. Ferris State (Oct. 20) and tallied a goal and an assist at Nebraska-Omaha (Oct. 26) and vs. Notre Dame (Feb. 9) ? Snapped a seven-game scoreless streak with an assist in the Spartans? 4-4 overtime tie vs. Minnesota (Nov. 25) ? Picked up a pair of helpers vs. North Dakota in the Great Lakes Invitational championship game (Dec. 29) ? Assist in MSU win vs. Ohio State (Jan. 25) brought to an end a six-game scoreless stretch ? Scored first career goal in 3-3 overtime tie vs. Michigan in front of 74,554 fans at Spartan Stadium (Oct. 6) ? One of 38 players invited to the Canadian National Junior Team tryout camp in December.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the Penticton Panthers of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2000-01 ? Led BCHL defensemen in points and ranked ninth overall in scoring with 18-64--82 in 60 regular-season games last season ? 64 assists were fourth-most in BCHL ? 10 of his 18 goals came on special teams ? eight power-play tallies and two shorthanded markers ? Added three goals and six assists in seven playoff games for the Panthers ? Helped Penticton to the Interior Conference regular-season championship and a league-best 48-10-2 record ? 2001 BCHL Interior Conference First Team selection ? Also recognized as the league?s Best Defenseman in 2001 ? Played for the winning Interior Conference team in the 2001 BCHL All-Star Game after receiving the highest vote total of any blueliner in the league (39 of a possible 40 votes) ? Served as team co-captain in 1999-2000 and 2000-01 ? Won team?s Best Defenseman Award in 2000-01.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1983 ? Business major ? Graduate of Penticton Secondary School ? Lists weightlifting and mountain biking as hobbies ? A fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs ? Lists Anaheim?s Paul Kariya and Pavel Bure of the Florida Panthers as his favorite professional players ? Son of David and Jean Keith ? Says his father is his biggest hockey influence because ?he?s taught me a lot about the game and given me the vision to play in the National Hockey League? ? Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (54th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
By The Numbers First Collegiate Goal: Oct. 6, 2001 vs. Michigan Longest Point Scoring Streak: Five games (Oct. 6-26, 2001; 2-6--8) Most Goals, Game: 1, three times (MR: Feb. 9, 2002 vs. Notre Dame) Most Assists, Game: 2, three times (MR: Dec. 29, 2001 vs. North Dakota) Most Points, Game: 2, five times (MR: Feb. 9, 2002 vs. Notre Dame)
Career Statistics YEAR GP G A PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PEN-MIN 2001-02 41 3 12 15 1 0 0 +7 9-18 TOTALS 41 3 12 15 1 0 0 +7 9-18