A player who consistently displays a good attitude and work ethic, and has earned playing time ... Game continues to develop and improve as his confidence increases ... Contributed on a fourth line that was a a catalyst for second-half success ...
2007-08 (Junior): Appeared in eight games for the Spartans, including both contests in the series against Lake Superior State (1/4-5) and the series finale against Nebraska-Omaha (2/2) ... Co-founded the "Shoot for a Cure" initiative with classmate Justin Abdelkader, which raised more than $5,000 for "Cure Kids Cancer" at Sparrow Hospital.
2006-07 (Sophomore): Played on both the third and fourth lines ... Skated in 21 games, scoring a goal and adding five assists ... Tallied his first point of the season in his second game, a 5-3 win against St. Lawrence (10/27) ... Earned a helper on Bryan Lerg's goal at Notre Dame (11/17) ... Notched his first goal of the season in a 5-2 Spartan decision over Harvard at the Great Lakes Invitational (12/29)... Assisted on Tyler Howell's game-winning goal against Alaska (1/13) to set a a career high for points in a season (1-3-4) after just 13 games ... Assisted on Chris Lawrence's first goal of the season in a 5-1 win at Nebraska-Omaha (2/2) ... Skated in the first game of the quarterfinal series against Nebraska-Omaha (3/9), but was a scratch in the second game due to injury ... Notched his first assist since Feb. 3 on Bryan Lerg's first goal of the game against Lake Superior State in the CCHA consolation game (3/17).
2005-06 (Freshman): Appeared in his first game as a Spartan in the opener of the Cornell series (10/28) ... Collected his first point, an assist, against Northern Michigan (11/5) ... Scored his first goal as a Spartan (at 12:53 of the third period) in a 7-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha (11/11) ... Scored the game-tying goal at 12:48 of the first period in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Alaska Fairbanks (1/14).
2004-05 (Redshirt): Joined the team in January 2005, but did not see any game action.
PRIOR TO MSU: Played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League in the fall of 2004 ... Appeared in 19 games with three goals and one assist for four points ... Also tallied 24 penalty minutes ... Spent the 2003-04 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) ... Waterloo was the USHL and National Champions ... Appeared in 42 games with Waterloo, recording three goals and three assists for six points and 14 penalty minutes ... In nine play-off games, registered one goal and two assists for three points and four penalty minutes ... Was a member of Team Wisconsin that captured the national championship in 2002-03.
PERSONAL: Born May 30, 1985 ... Psychology major ... Graduated from Verona High School ... Earned three letters in hockey at Verona ... A two-time all-state and all-conference honoree (2001-02 and 2002-03) ... Favorite NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs ... Son of John and Maggie Sturges ... Younger brother, A.J., is a freshman. It will be the first time the brothers play on the same team ... 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) ... Says his dad is his biggest hockey influence because "of his accomplishments as a hockey player and for passing the love of the game down to me and for teaching me how to play hockey."
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