Nine different Spartans win awards; Hildebrand named MVP for third consecutive year.
Neil Koepke previews Friday's Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
Neil Koepke analyzes Saturday's win over Michigan.
News, notes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's loss.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend's big series with Michigan.
2014-15 (Junior): Named the winner of the team’s Most Improved Player award … Had his best season with 19 points including 11 goals in 32 games ... His 11 goals tied for second on the team and his 19 points ranked fifth ... Had a team-high seven-game point streak from Feb. 20 - March 13, posting a 7-4-11 scoring line ... Recorded his first-career hat trick in a loss to Michigan (3/8) ... Had a point in both games vs. Wisconsin (3/6-7), including a goal in game two ... Produced three points in a series split at Minnesota (2/26-27) including scoring a goal and assisting on the game-winner in the 4-2 victory (2/27) ... Scored two goals, both in the first period, in a 3-0 win at Wisconsin (2/21) ... Scored goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career in a sweep of Ohio State (1/23-24) ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Ohio State (1/24) ... Named the Big Ten Third Star of the Week (12/16) after scoring his first goal and adding an assist in a win vs. Clarkson (12/16) ... Assisted on Matt DeBlouw’s game-winning goal vs. UMass (10/17) in the season opener ... Missed the UNH series due to injury, but picked up an assist vs. BC (11/14) in his first game back ... Finished the season plus-10, which was second on the team and best among forwards ... Saw a lot of time on the penalty kill and blocked a career-high 23 shots … Voted winner of the Goofus Award for the third straight season as the team humorist.
2013-2014 (Sophomore): Posted two goals and three assists and was plus-1 in 23 games ... Had a goal and an assist in a weekend sweep of Princeton (11/29-12/1) ... Picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 5-4 vs. AIC (11/1) ... Scored a goal and was a plus-1 vs. Michigan Tech in the GLI (12/27) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... Voted the winner of the Goofus Award as team humorist for the second straight season.
2012-13 (Freshman): Registered seven points (1g, 6a) in 26 games as a true freshman ... Scored his first collegiate goal at Ferris State (1/18) ... Posted a season-high two assists in a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan (2/16) ... Recorded assists in consecutive games at Alaska (3/10) and at Miami (3/15) ... Had a season-best four shots on goal at Alaska (3/9).
Prior to MSU: Played in just 34 games Sioux Falls Stampede in 2011-12, scoring six goals and adding three assists ... Was an alternate captain ... Had his season cut short with an injury ... At Detroit Catholic Central High School, scored a game-tying goal with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation in the regional semifinal against Novi in 2011, but fell to Novi in overtime ... Helped CC to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010.
Personal: Born May 17, 1993 in Southfield, Mich. ... Son of Greg and Lynn Keller ... Has one sister, Megan, who plays hockey as well ... Father played football at Shippensburg (PA) ... A 2011 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, where he captained the hockey team as a senior ... Also played three seasons of varsity baseball at CC, captaining that team as well ... Earned All-State, All-Catholic, and Oakland County All-Area honors for hockey ... Credits his parents as his greatest hockey influences, for their support as they took him from rink to rink from mini-mite through high school ... Also credits his parents for teaching him the value of hard work, perseverance, and being a good person and teammate ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite NHL player is Pavel Datsyuk, who plays at both ends of the ice with equal passion.