MASON ON WEAVER: Mike gives you that confidence back on defense that you love to see in any player. He brings it to the ice every day; hes a complete competitor.
DID YOU KNOW? Mike Weaver more than tripled his offensive output from his freshman to sophomore year.
SCOUTING REPORT: Shoots right. An outstanding all-around defenseman who is rarely beaten one-on-one. An intense player and a powerful hitter. Has outstanding vision and developed into an offensive threat as a sophomore.
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. Overall point total was good for fifth among CCHA defensemen. Finished second on the team and second in the league (behind defense partner Tyler Harlton) with a +33 plus/minus rating. Had point-scoring streaks of five games (Nov. 1-Nov. 21) and four games (Jan. 10-Jan. 24). Scored his first career goal Nov. 14 against Mankato State. Added a second goal the next weekend, netting the game-winner at Ohio State (Nov. 21). Best weekend of the season came at the Great Lakes Invitational. Assisted on Jon Gaskins game-winner in the semifinals with a perfect pass to set up a breakaway. In the finals, 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. Had only five games with a negative plus/minus rating. Finished +4 against Miami Jan. 31 and was +10 in an eight-game stretch in February.
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. A powerful hitter and excellent penalty killer, he was key on MSUs D. 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 an astounding +62 rating, leading the league in that category. Named his teams and the leagues best defenseman as he helped lead the Blues to the leagues 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 current Spartans Mike York and John Nail.
WITH TEAM CANADA: He was an alternate for the 1995-96 Canadian Under-18 team.
PERSONAL: Born May 2, 1978. A telecommunications major. Nickname is Weave. Graduated from North Park Secondary School with honors. Interests include woodworking, music, golf and various other sports. Both parents played hockey in addition to several other sports. Coaches hockey and landscapes in the summer. 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 TOTALS 83 4 29 33 53/114
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