Notes, quotes and analysis from Neil Koepke on Friday's OT win over Ferris State.
Annual event serves as a tune-up for upcoming training camps.
Newton was originally appointed to his position on June 12, 1990. He is directly involved with recruiting and all day-to-day operations of the Spartan hockey program and hockey school.
In his time at MSU, he has been an integral part of three CCHA regular-season championships, four CCHA Tournament championships, 14 teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament, four Frozen Fours, and the 2007 NCAA title team. He has helped bring 13 All-America selections and eight Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalists, including 2001 winner Ryan Miller, to the East Lansing campus.
Newton has also coached over 30 Spartans that have gone on to play in the National Hockey League. He has also made his mark academically on the program, having coached two former players that have gone on to become medical doctors and two that have earned their Ph.D’s. Newton arrived at Michigan State after serving as an associate head coach at Western Michigan from 1986-90. Prior to being elevated to the associate position at WMU, Newton served as an assistant for the Broncos from 1982-86. While at WMU, he was responsible for bringing a pair of Hobey Baker runners-up to the Bronco program, as well as three All-Americans. The Uxbridge, Ontario, native earned his first college head coaching job at Kent State in 1981 and promptly led the Golden Flashes to a respectable 12-17-1 record as a Division I independent during the 1981-82 season. He began his coaching career as Bowling Green’s graduate assistant coach in 1980-81 and also handled BGSU’s club coaching duties.
A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for the Falcons, Newton registered 140 points during his career (1975-80). He skated for three CCHA regular-season and two playoff championship teams for then-BGSU coach Ron Mason. Newton led the Falcons to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1978 (third) and 1979 (fifth). He holds the BGSU records for scoring back-to-back goals in the shortest time span (nine seconds) as well as scoring three goals in the shortest time span (4:39). Newton was an assistant coach for Team USA in the North American College Hockey Championship in 1999. In 1995, he served as an assistant coach for Team West at the Shrine East-West College All-Star Hockey Classic in Minneapolis. Newton runs a highly-successful Pro Camp at Munn Ice Arena every August. The weeklong program not only prepares former Spartans for upcoming training camps in all levels of professional hockey, but also brings some of the program’s most recognizable names back to their collegiate venue to renew their bonds with their former teammates and Michigan State roots. Newton holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education and health from Bowling Green State University (1980) and earned his master of education degree from BGSU one year later. This past summer, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Uxbridge Secondary School Athletic Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Governors of the American Hockey Coaches Association as college hockey’s Assistant Coaches Representative from 1998-2001. In April 2004, he received the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award, which honors an assistant coach’s career body of work. Newton and his wife Eve have two children: Ted and Emma, both MSU graduates.