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Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bramalea, Ont.

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 182

Position:
Defense

Birthdate:
05/02/1978

Last Team:
Bramalea Blues


HONORS AND AWARDS

1998-99: NCAA West All-America (second team)

All-CCHA (first team)

CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman

MSU Outstanding Defensive Player

1997-98: All-CCHA (honorable mention)

Great Lakes Invitational MVP

GLI All-Tournament Team

1996-97: CCHA All-Tournament Team

CCHA All-Rookie Team (honorable mention)

MSU Outstanding Rookie

MASON ON WEAVER: "Mike gives you everything you look for in a defenseman - he is sound positionally, makes good decisions and can punish people physically. We will count on him a lot this year, as we have in the past."

DID YOU KNOW? Mike Weaver led all CCHA defensemen with 36 points in the all-league balloting last year.

* His overall point total in 1997-98 (26) led MSU defensemen and was fifth among CCHA defensemen.

* The CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman Award came to East Lansing for the third year in a row last year, after Weaver's former partner, Tyler Harlton, had won it for two years.

SCOUTING REPORT: Shoots right. An outstanding all-around defenseman who is rarely beaten one-on-one and excels at penalty killing. An intense player and a powerful hitter. Has the potential to contribute offensively as well.

1998-99: Emerged as the best defensive defenseman in the CCHA, leading MSU to its best team defense (1.52 goals against per game) in school history and the best league team defense (1.33) in CCHA history. Posted a +23 plus/minus rating, good for second among all CCHA defensemen behind teammate Jeff Kozakowski. Had a goal and six assists offensively. His goal was an unassisted game-winner at Lake Superior (Jan. 23). Had eight straight games with a plus rating, going +12 from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.

1997-98: A stalwart on the Spartan blueline, he appeared in all 44 games and often for 25-30 minutes per game. An outstanding defensive player who developed an offensive presence as well, finishing seventh on the team and tops among defensemen with 4-22-26 totals. Finished second on the team and second in the league (behind defense partner Tyler Harlton) with a +33 plus/minus rating. Had a career-best point-scoring streak of five games (Nov. 1-Nov. 21). Best weekend of the season came at the Great Lakes Invitational (Dec. 27-28). After an assist in the semifinals, in the finals he recorded two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists to lead MSU over Michigan and earn GLI MVP honors. Added three other two-assist games.

1996-97: Quickly emerged as an outstanding freshman and finished fifth in the voting for CCHA Rookie of the Year. Appeared in 39 games, missing one to injury. Picked up seven assists, but his real impact came in the defensive side of his game. Had 0-5-5 in his first six games and two more assists in the postseason. Had a +3 rating against Bowling Green (Nov. 1). Was +8 in a 10-game stretch (Dec. 28-Jan. 31). Injured his shoulder against Miami Feb. 14, but missed just one game. Earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for his work in the first round of the CCHA playoffs (March 7-8).

PRIOR TO MSU: Played junior hockey for coach Lindsay Hoffard and the Bramalea Blues of the Provincial Junior "A" Hockey League. Appeared in 48 games, scoring 10 goals and adding 39 assists (49 points). Registered a +62 rating, leading the league. Named his team's and the league's best defenseman as he helped lead the Blues to the league's best record. Played in all-star game and was team captain. The year before, playing with the Thornhill Islanders, he was named to the all-rookie team. That team also finished first in league standings. Also named All-Ontario, and was awarded MVP and best defenseman accolades at the Canadian Tire Cup Tournament. Played with Team Ontario in the 1995 Canadian Winter Games. A former junior teammate of former Spartan Mike York and current Spartan John Nail.

WITH TEAM CANADA: He was an alternate for the 1995-96 Canadian Under-18 team.

PERSONAL: Born May 2, 1978. A telecommunication major. Nickname is "Weave." Graduated from North Park Secondary School with honors. Interests include woodworking, music, golf and other sports. Both parents played hockey in addition to several other sports. A fan of the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils' defenseman Scott Stevens. Son of Ron and Pat Weaver.

CAREER STATISTICS

YEAR	GP	G	A	PTS	PEN/MIN
1996-97	39	0	7	7	19/46
1997-98	44	4	22	26	34/68
1998-99	42	1	6	7	27/54
TOTALS	125	5	35	40	80/168

Power-Play Goals: 0 Short-Handed Goals: 0 Unassisted Goals: 0 Game-Winning Goals: 3 Game-Winning Assists: 4 MSU's First Goal: 1 Multi-Point Games: 5 Overtime Goals: 0 Two-Goal Games: 1 Hat Tricks: 0 First Collegiate Goal: 11/14/97 vs. Mankato State Longest Point Scoring Streak: 5 games (11/1-11/21/97; 2-3-5) Most Goals, Game: 2 (12/28/98 vs. Michigan) Most Assists, Game: 2, 5 times (MR: 3/13/98 vs. Ferris State) Most Points, Game: 4 (12/28/98 vs. Michigan)