Nine different Spartans win awards; Hildebrand named MVP for third consecutive year.
Neil Koepke previews Friday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
Neil Koepke analyzes Saturday's win over Michigan.
News, notes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's loss.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's big series with Michigan.
2013-2014 (Sophomore): Posted two goals and three assists and was plus-1 in 23 games ... Had a goal and an assist in a weekend sweep of Princeton (11/29-12/1) ... Picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 5-4 vs. AIC (11/1) ... Scored a goal and was a plus-1 vs. Michigan Tech in the GLI (12/27) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Voted the winner of the Goofus Award as team humorist for the second straight season.
2012-13 (Freshman): Registered seven points (1g, 6a) in 26 games as a true freshman ... Scored his first collegiate goal at Ferris State (1/18) ... Posted a season-high two assists in a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan (2/16) ... Recorded assists in consecutive games at Alaska (3/10) and at Miami (3/15) ... Had a season-best four shots on goal at Alaska (3/9).
Prior to MSU: Played in just 34 games Sioux Falls Stampede in 2011-12, scoring six goals and adding three assists ... Was an alternate captain ... Had his season cut short with an injury ... At Detroit Catholic Central High School, scored a game-tying goal with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation in the regional semifinal against Novi in 2011, but fell to Novi in overtime ... Helped CC to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010.
Personal: Born May 17, 1993 in Southfield, Mich. ... Son of Greg and Lynn Keller ... Has one sister, Megan, who plays hockey as well ... Father played football at Shippensburg (PA) ... A 2011 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, where he captained the hockey team as a senior ... Also played three seasons of varsity baseball at CC, captaining that team as well ... Earned All-State, All-Catholic, and Oakland County All-Area honors for hockey ... Credits his parents as his greatest hockey influences, for their support as they took him from rink to rink from mini-mite through high school ... Also credits his parents for teaching him the value of hard work, perseverance, and being a good person and teammate ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player is Pavel Datsyuk, who plays at both ends of the ice with equal passion.