Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
2007-08 (Senior): Appeared in 41 of 42 games ... Anchors the hard-working fourth line for MSU ... Hosts a web feature called "In the Box with Zak McClellan" on Michigan State's official web site, www.msuspartans.com ... Also headlines "Zak and the Macs", a lip-synch feature shown on the videoboards between periods at Munn Ice Arena.
2006-07 (Junior): Played both on the wing and centering the team's fourth line ... Appeared in 26 games, and posted a pair of assists ... Was voted the team's Goofus Award winner for the third straight year, given annually to the team humorist ... Collected his first point of the season by assisting on Dan Sturges' goal in a 5-2 victory over Harvard (12/29) in the GLI ... Appeared in all eight postseason contests for the Spartans ... Skated in both games of the UNO series, centering the fourth line ... Picked up his second assist of the season on the first of Daniel Vukovic's two tallies vs. Lake Superior in the CCHA consolation game (3/17).
2005-06 (Sophomore): Appeared in 30 games ... Scored three goals and added a pair of assists ... Netted his first goal as a Spartan at 3:06 of the second period in 5-0 win over Northern Michigan (11/5) ... Assisted on Dan Sturges' first collegiate goal in the 7-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (11/11). The helper was the first of McClellan's career ... Tallied his first point in three games, an assist on Corey Potter's first period power-play goal, in the 5-3 loss against Western Michigan (11/19) ... Snapped a five-game pointless streak with his goal at 16:30 of the second period in 3-0 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (12/10) ... Earned an everyday role on the fourth line midway through the second half of the season ... Scored his first career game-winning tally in the CCHA Semifinals against Michigan.
2004-05 (Freshman): Lone appearance came in State's exhibition game vs. U.S. National Team (1/28) ... Won MSU's Goofus Award, which is presented to the team humorist.
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent three years (2001-04) with the Bozeman Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League ... Registered 10 goals and 35 assists for 45 points in 48 games in 2003-04 to rank as the team's second-leading scorer ... Selected as the team's MVP ... Twice earned NAHL Offensive Player of the Week honors ... Member of International Invitational USA Team in Helsinki, Finland, in August 2003 ... Tallied 22 goals and 32 assists for 54 points in 50 contests in 2002-03 to pace the team in scoring ... Served as team co-captain and earned team MVP honors ... Selected to the America West Hockey League All-Star team ... Recorded 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 67 games as Bozeman won the league championship and the Borne Cup in 2001-02.
PERSONAL: Born March 5, 1983 ... Interdisciplinary studies/human resource management major ... Hosts a weekly segment called "In the Box with Zak McClellan" which appears on MSUSpartans.com. In addition to his teammates and staff members, he has interviewed hockey royalty for the piece - including Gary Thorne, Barry Melrose, and the Hanson Brothers ... Enjoys golfing, flyfishing, skiing and all other sports ... Graduated from Frankenmuth (Mich.) High School ... Earned three varsity letters in football at Frankenmuth, earning first-team all-conference honors (2000-01) and second-team all-Saginaw County honors (1999-2000) at quarterback ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player: Steve Yzerman ... Says his dad is his idol because "he is such a good businessman who always wants to help others" ... Son of Gary and Carol McClellan ... Father was the state racquetball champion and mother was a professional figure skater ... Sister Jaami McClellan played basketball at Alma and Oakland ... His biggest hockey influences are: "his mom and dad - who encouraged me and had great knowledge of the game and skating; Bill Paige, who was a great coach in my young hockey years; and John LaFontaine, who is a great teacher, trainer and role model."
GP G A Pts Shots Shot% Pen Min +/- PPG SHG GWG 2004-05 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 E 0 0 0 2005-06 30 3 2 5 13 .231 5 21 +1 0 0 1 2006-07 27 0 2 2 14 .000 4 8 -6 0 0 0 2007-08 41 0 0 0 28 .000 10 20 -2 0 0 0 TOTAL 98 3 4 7 55 .055 19 49 -7 0 0 1