Taro Hirose voted MVP.
Three Spartans earn All-Big Ten honors.
Neil Koepke previews this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal series at Ohio State.
The seventh-seeded Spartans will meet second-seeded OSU in a best-of-three series.
2017 MSU Hockey Awards Program, April 15, 2017
2017-18 (Sophomore): All-Big Ten Second Team selection ... Named the Ron Mason Team MVP and MSU's Outstanding Offensive Player ... His team-leading 42 points were the most by a Spartan since Corey Tropp had the same number in 2009-10 as he became just the fourth Spartan since 2007-08 to eclipse the 40-point plateau ... His 30 assists were the most by a Spartan since Jim Slater in 2004-05 (32) ... Finished the regular season second in the Big Ten in both points (40) and assists (28) ... Never went more than two consecutive games without a point and registered at least a point in more games (25) than any other player in the Big Ten during the regular season ... Had 11 multi-point games, with MSU going 8-3 in such contests ... Started the season with points in each of the first six games, which included scoring the winning goal with 40 seconds to play in the home opener vs. Bowling Green (10/14) ... Had a career-long seven-game point streak from Nov. 10 -- Dec. 1 over which he had nine points (4g, 5a) and an overtime game-winner vs. Ferris State (11/17) ... Had a career-high three assists in a win over Michigan (12/8) ... Produced four three-point games, the last of which came in the form of a goal and two assists in a win at No. 5 Notre Dame (2/24) ... Also had three points vs. Minnesota (2g, 1a; 1/18) and Penn State (1g, 2a; 2/16) ... Led the Big Ten during the regular season in in power-play assists (16) and was tied for tops in power-play points (17) ... Had more blocked shots (27) than any other forward on the team ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2016-17 (Freshman): Ranked second on the team with 24 points (6g, 18a), the highest point total by a Spartan freshman since 2009-10 ... Fourteen of his 24 points came in Big Ten play ... Voted the winner of the team's Outstanding Rookie Award ... Had 13 points (3g, 10a) over the final 16 games of the season ... Had six multi-point games ... Scored his first collegiate goal, and added an assist, vs. Princeton on Oct. 28, becoming the first Spartan since 2009 to score his first-collegiate goal while shorthanded ... Had two assists in a 3-2 OT win over Michigan Tech on Nov. 4 and then added a goal the next night ... Assisted on Mason Appleton's power-play goal in a 4-3 win at Ferris State on Nov. 12 ... Had his second two-assist of the game vs. Northeastern, Dec. 18 ... Started a season-best four-game point streak with an assist at Penn State on Jan. 13 and then a goal and an assist the next night ... Had an assist in both games against Michigan, Jan. 20-21, to extend his point streak to a season-best four games ... Recorded a goal and assist in back-to-back games vs. Michigan, Feb. 10-11: scored and had an assist - both in the first period - on Feb. 10 at Joe Louis Arena and then added an unassisted, shorthanded goal the following night in a win in Ann Arbor ... Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at LSSU on Oct. 14 ... Appeared in 34 games ... Posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the fall semester.
Prior to MSU: Ranked 13th in the BCHL in points (71) and fourth in assists (56) in 2015-16, both of which led the Salmon Arm Silverbacks ... Appeared in all 58 games and was elected an alternate captain in his second season with Salmon Arm, playing with fellow Spartan classmate Damian Chrcek ... Finished his first season with the Silverbacks in 2014-15 as nearly a point-per-game player, posting a team-high 50 points (18g, 32a) in 58 games and being voted the club's Rookie of the Year ... Made the jump to the BCHL after three seasons at the prestigious Edge School in Calgary, where he totaled 163 points in 109 games across various leagues ... Led the Edge School in scoring in each of his three seasons ... Product of the Calgary North Star Sabres AAA program ... Had five points in five games at the 2010-11 Alberta Cup.
Personal: Born June 30, 1996 in Winnipeg, Manitoba ... Son of Chris and Susan ... Favorite NHL team is the Calgary Flames and favorite player is Johnny Gaudreau because he played college hockey as a small player and made the jump to the NHL.