Neil Koepke checks in with Spartan hockey summer update.
Taro Hirose voted MVP.
Lewandowski is the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Three Spartans earn All-Big Ten honors.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Ohio State.
2017-18 (Freshman): Voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was the only unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention ... Named to the College Hockey News All-Rookie Team ... Voted the MSU Outstanding Rookie ... His team-leading 19 goals tied for the most in the Big Ten during the regular season ... His 34 points ranked second on the team, led all rookies in the Big Ten and were the most by a Spartan rookie since David Booth in 2002-03 (36) ... He became the first MSU freshman since Rustyn Dolyny in 1997-98 to score at least 19 goals in a season and became just the seventh rookie in MSU history to record at least 19 goals ... He ended the regular season with nine more goals and eight more points than any other Big Ten rookie and led all conference freshmen in points (33), goals (19), power-play goals (8), power-play points (14) and game-winning goals (5) ... In Big Ten games, he was tops among rookies in goals (13) and power-play goals (5), while tying for first in points (18) and game-winning goals (2) ... Ranked first nationally among all rookies in goals and power-play goals and third in points at the end of the regular season ... Had nine multi-point games ... Recorded a team season-high four points (1g, 3a), including the game-winning goal with 1:26 to play, in a 6-4 win over Western Michigan (10/20) and was subsequently named the Big Ten First Star of the Week ... Also had game-winning goals vs. Lake Superior State (10/28); Ferris State (11/18); Wisconsin (1/12); and Penn State (2/16) ... Had two four-game goal streaks; Nov. 10-18 (6-2--8) and Jan. 6-18 (5-0--5) ... Named the NCAA Third Star and Big Ten Second Star of the Week after producing four points (3g, 1a) in a sweep of Ferris State (11/17-18) ... Scored two goals in a 4-3 come-from-behind win at No. 5 Notre Dame (2/24).
Prior to MSU: Helped lead the Chicago Steel to the 2017 Clark Cup championship with 12 points (3g, 9a) in 13 playoff games ... Ranked sixth on the team with 34 points (15g, 19a) in 55 regular-season games in his second season with the Steel in 2016-17 and was also third on the team with five game-winning goals ... Recorded 18 points (7g, 11a) in 49 games with Chicago in 2015-16 ... Played the 2014-15 season with Honeybaked U18 where he racked up 18 points (12g, 6a) in 23 games before making a jump to the USHL where he played two games with the Des Moines Buccaneers ... Picked up 29 points (13g, 16a) in 22 games with Honeybaked U16 in 2013-14 ... Played Bantam Minor and Midget for Honeybaked, having his best season in 2012-13 when he had 44 points (16g, 28a) in 22 games.
Personal: Born April 17, 1998 in Troy, Michigan ... Son of Jill Stout and Bob Lewandowski ... Graduated from West Aurora (IL) High School in 2016 ... Favorite player is Patrick Kane ... Lists his family as his biggest hockey influence ... His mom is his hero because "she does everything for me and works three jobs so I can do what I love."