Has impressed the coaching staff with his work ethic and commitment to improvement ... Will continue to push for playing time in a deep goaltending corps.
2006-07 (Sophomore): Did not see game action in a deep goaltending corps.
2005-06 (Freshman): Did not see any game action.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the Dallas Stars Midget AAA team in 2004-05 ... Finished with a 38-10-4 record, a 2.01 GAA and a .965 save percentage ... Earned EHK league honors ... Spent the 2003-04 season with Little Caesars ... Recorded a 31-11-3 record, with a 2.12 GAA and a .898 save percentage ... Played in the HoneyBaked organization in 2002-03 ... Was a teammate of current Spartan Jeff Lerg at HoneyBaked ... Member of Team Michigan at the 2002 USA Hockey Select-16 Festival ... As a 17-year-old, was a member of Team Dakota at the 2003 USA Hockey Select-17 Festival.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 10, 1986 ... Double major in communications and political science, with a specialization in public relations ... Enjoys music, weight lifting and bike riding ... Is currently interning in the Michigan State Sports Information Office ... Graduated from Northville High School ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player: Chris Osgood ... Son of Mike and Jan Mnich ... Former goalie coach Billy Pye is his biggest hockey influence, as "he is a great coach and friend, and has a great knowledge of the game." ... Credits his uncle and parents with providing him motivation to pursue his goals and persevere when faced with adversity.
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