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Joe Markusen
Joe Markusen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Park River, N.D.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 193

Position:
Defense

Birthdate:
05/24/1980

Experience:
3L

Previous Team:
Lincoln Stars (USHL)


2002-03: Played in 39 games and posted 2-9--11 totals • Earned special mention to CCHA All-Academic team • MSU's Goofus Award winner • Tied career-best, two-game point streak (0-2--2) vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 24-25) • Drew an assist on game-winning goal in 3-2 victory over LSSU (Oct. 25) • Added an assist on MSU's second goal in 5-4 overtime win vs. Niagara (Nov. 9) • Drew an assist on MSU's second goal at Minnesota (Nov. 29) on the power play • Career-best two assists in 6-2 win at Ferris State (Dec. 6) • Assisted on MSU's sixth goal in a 7-0 shutout of Nebraska-Omaha (Jan. 18) • Scored first goal since Feb. 23, 2001 in 4-0 win at Michigan (Feb. 28). The goal was also the game-winning tally • Tallied a goal and an assist for a career-best two points vs. Western Michigan (March 8) • Drew the lone assist on MSU's insurance goal in 3-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (March 15).

2001-02: Appeared in 39 games, adding five assists • Added assists in back-to-back games vs. North Dakota in Great Lakes Invitational Championship (Dec. 29) and vs. Quinnipiac (Jan. 4) • Two-game point streak marked career best • Also added assists vs. Ohio State (Jan. 26), at Miami (Feb. 22) and against Bowling Green (March 8) • One of six Spartan skaters with a plus-minus rating of +10 or better • Missed MSU's game at Western Michigan (Jan. 12) due to a chest contusion.

2000-01: Led MSU freshmen in games played (41) and scoring 1-4--5 • Named Spartans' Outstanding Rookie and earned team's Most Improved Player award • Notched first career point in debut with Spartans at Alaska Anchorage (Oct. 13) • Earned an assist in 5-0 MSU win vs. Lake Superior State (Nov. 21) • Recorded first goal in a Spartan uniform at Ohio State (Feb. 23) and added assist vs. the Buckeyes for first multiple-point game • Multi-point effort at OSU snapped 21-game scoreless streak • Assisted on Joe Goodenow's goal in CCHA championship game vs. Michigan (March 17) • Missed Jan. 27 game vs. Michigan at Joe Louis Arena due to game disqualification received in MSU win over Lake Superior State four nights earlier.

PRIOR TO MSU: Scored 7-22--29 and added 20 penalty minutes in 55 regular-season games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in 1999-2000 • 29 points paced Stars' blueliners in scoring • Helped Lincoln capture the USHL regular-season championship • Tallied 0-2--2 in 10 playoff contests • Named USHL Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 12, 1999) after recording 0-3--3 in two Lincoln triumphs • Was part of the U.S. team that won the 2000 Viking Cup Tournament championship • Teammate of Spartan junior Jim Slater on 2000 U.S. Viking Cup championship team • Member of the USA Hockey At-Large team that competed in the organization's Top Prospects Tournament in November 1999 • In 56 games with Lincoln in 1998-99, scored 3-15--18 • Twice earned all-state and all-tournament honors at Park River (N.D.) High School • Captured North Dakota's Mr. Hockey award in 1998 • Four-year letterwinner in hockey and football at Park River • Also lettered in golf.

PERSONAL: Born May 24, 1980 • A general management major • Enjoys golfing and playing the guitar • Graduate of Park River H.S. • Lists the Dallas Stars and Mike Modano as his favorite professional team and player, respectively • Son of Dennis and Linda Markusen • Says his older brothers have most influenced his hockey career.


Career Statistics
YEAR	GP	G	A	PTS	PPG	SHG	GWG	+/-	PEN-MIN
2000-01	41	1	4	5	0	0	0	+4	14-39
2001-02	39	0	5	5	0	0	0	+10	9-18
2002-03	39	2	9	11	0	0	1	-4	15-30
TOTALS	119	3	18	21	0	0	1	+10	38-87

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