102 Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Spartans return to NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008
MSU looks to change recent playoff history
Playoff positions on the line as regular season comes to a close
MSU Hockey Weekly
Michigan State skates to a 4-2 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 20.
2010-11 (RS-Junior) Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Appeared in one contest against Alabama Huntsville (10/30)... Has seen limited action due to the depth of the Spartan lineup.
2009-10 (Junior): Did not appear in a game ... Worked hard to regain strength after missing the 2008-09 season with injury ...
2008-09 (Sophomore): Missed the season after suffering injuries in an off-ice incident.
2007-08 (Freshman): Appeared in five games, and made his Michigan State debut against Alaska on Nov. 2 ... Potted his first collegiate goal in the second period of game two in the Mercyhurst series (11/10) ... Saw action in MSU's win at Yost Ice Arena in game one of the Michigan series (1/25).
Prior to MSU: Product of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, where he played on the Under-18 and Under-17 squads ... Recorded four goals and seven assists for the U-18 team which finished with a 37-18-3 record in 2006-07 ... Helped Team USA to a silver medal at the IIHF U-18 World Championship ... Recorded eight points (4-4) in 66 games with the U.S. National Under-17 Team the previous season ... Helped Team USA earn the silver medal at the 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he appeared in all seven games ... Played for Verona (Wis.) High School from 2003-05 ... Earned First-Team All-Conference honors and was an All-State Honorable Mention selection his sophomore year ... Also competed for Team Wisconsin and recorded 24 points (4-20) in 22 games.
Personal: Born April 6, 1989, in Madison, Wis. ... Son of Maggie and John Sturges ... Brother, Dan, is a 2009 graduate of MSU who also played for the Spartans. This was the first time the brothers have played on the same team in their hockey careers ... They follow in the footsteps of their father, John, who skated for MSU from 1972-76 and still ranks 10th all-time in scoring (209 points) ... Sister, Julia, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University ... Participated in the USA Hockey Select 14, 15 and 16 Festivals ... Graduated with High Honors from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School ... Favorite NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs ... Lists his biggest hockey influence as his older brother (and MSU teammate) Dan. "He helped me develop my passion for the game by keeping it fun. He was always the one I looked up to." ... Lists his favorite NHL player as Brad Winchester of the Edmonton Oilers, who is a close family friend and has been a positive role model ... Also admires Lance Armstrong for his dedication to and passion for his sport.
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