Six Spartans have won the Stanley Cup in last eight seasons.
Twelve alums experience playoff hockey in ECHL, AHL
2005-06: Appeared in 41 games on the Spartan blueline, recording a goal and assisting on six others for seven points ... +10 on the season ... Won the Spartan Fitness Award at the team's annual banquet ... Served as an assistant captain of the team for the third consecutive season ... Tallied the first point of his season, an assist, against Northern Michigan (11/5) ... Collected an assist on Jim McKenzie's second period goal against Nebraska-Omaha (11/11) ... Contributed an assist to Tim Crowder's first-period goal in a 2-2 tie with Minnesota (11/26) ... Played in his 125th game in the Spartan uniform in a 3-2 overtime loss to Nebraska-Omaha (11/12) ... Scored the second goal of his career at 8:54 of the third period in a 3-1 victory over Wayne State (1/6). The goal was the lone even-strength tally scored by the Spartans in the win ... Collected his fourth assist of the season on Tim Crowder's goal at 2:39 of the second period in a 4-0 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks (1/14) ... Notched an assist on Bryan Lerg's shorthanded tally against Michigan (1/17).
2004-05: Served as an assistant captain Appeared in 35 games, picking up three assists Missed the Dec. 11 Notre Dame game after receiving a 5-minute major and game DQ for checking from behind in the Dec. 10 game at Notre Dame Played forward three times (Dec. 10 at Notre Dame; Dec. 30 vs. Michigan and Feb. 26 vs. Bowling Green) Equaled his career best with two assists vs. Lake Superior State (Jan. 21) Also added an assist in 2-2 OT tie vs. LSSU (Jan. 22).
2003-04: Tallied eight assists in 42 games One of six Spartans to play in all 42 games Drew the lone assist on MSU's third goal vs. Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 11) Drew first assist on MSU's lone goal vs. Ohio State (Oct. 18) Set up Adam Nightingale's game-winning goal in 3-1 win over Notre Dame (Nov. 7) Registered an assist in MSU's 7-2 win over Wayne State (Nov. 21) Picked up second assist on MSU's first goal in 4-3 loss to Boston College (Dec. 28) Tallied an assist on MSU's second goal in 3-0 whitewash vs. Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 20) Career-best two assists in 4-4 overtime tie vs. Michigan (March 5), setting up MSU's first and fourth goals.
2002-03: Played in 38 games, registering 1-3--4 totals Tallied first career point, an assist vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 24) Registered first career goal at Lake Superior State (Jan. 4) Had a +4 plus/minus rating in 6-2 win over Alaska Fairbanks (Jan. 11) Registered an assist each night in two-game sweep of UNO (Jan. 17-18).
PRIOR TO MSU: Spent two years (2000-02) with the Soo Indians of the North American Hockey League Voted team captain and most dedicated in 2001-02 Registered six goals and 27 points in 55 games in 2001-02 Selected to play for the NAHL in the top prospects tournament Earned Most Improved Player honors in 2000-01, after posting three goals and 13 assists for 16 points Prior to the Soo Indians, spent two years playing for the Soo Hawks AAA midget team.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 3, 1982 A criminal justice major Enjoys golf, watching sports, hunting and tennis Graduated from Sault Area High School Earned one letter in baseball at SAHS and two letters in baseball at Cheboygan High School Nickname is "Nighters" or "Jerry" Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings Favorite NHL player: Chris Pronger Lists "Whose Line is it Anyway" as his favorite television show and "Meet the Parents" as his favorite movie Son of Ron and Debbi Nightingale Father swam at Eastern Michigan (1970-74) while mother played field hockey and basketball at EMU (1971-74) Brother Jason played hockey at Lake Superior State (1998-2002), while other brother Adam is a senior on the Spartan hockey team Says his parents are his idols for the strong faith they show every day.
Career Statistics YEAR GP G A PTS +/- PIM 2002-03 38 1 3 4 -5 21-42 2003-04 42 0 8 8 +13 27-54 2004-05 35 0 4 4 -3 14-39 2005-06 41 1 6 7 +8 13-26 TOTALS 156 2 21 23 +10 74-159