A skilled player and tremendous skater ... Will contribute significantly to team speed ... Good puck skills and can play both forward and defense.
2007-08 (Sophomore): Played 35 of 42 games on defense after splitting time both on the blueline and up front in his first collegiate campaign ... Registered his first points of the season in the Mercyhurst series (11/9-10) with an assist each night ... Tallied third point of the season with an assist on Tim Crowder's third-period even-strength goal in Ferris State series finale (12/8) ... Assisted on Corey Tropp's third-period goal in 8-2 victory against Lake Superior State (1/4) ... Missed the Michigan series (1/25-26) with illness ... Snapped a 13-game scoreless streak with an assist on Nick Sucharski's third-period, game-tying goal in the eventual 3-2 overtime loss against Northern Michigan in the final contest of the three-game CCHA quarterfinal series (3/14-16).
2006-07 (Freshman): Played on the blueline as well as some games up front either on the wing or centering the fourth line ... Appeared in 31 games in his first varsity season ... Notched his first collegiate point and assist on Chris Mueller's game-winning goal in the Spartans' 5-2 victory over Harvard in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Invitational ... Collected his second career point on Chris Snavely's game-winning goal at Bowling Green (2/23) in a game where the Spartans secured home-ice advantage for the CCHA Tournament ... Appeared in the second game of the CCHA quarterfinal series against Nebraska-Omaha (3/10), skating as a defenseman ... Finished the game as a +1 ... Skated on the blueline against Lake Superior in the CCHA consolation game (3/17).
PRIOR TO MSU: Selected in the fourth round, 94th overall, by the St. Louis Blues in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft ... Played for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League from 2004-06 ... Team captain in 2005-06, and tallied 17-11-28 in 52 games playing both defense and forward...Was named most valuable player of the 2006 USHL All-Star Game ... Teammate of MSU goalie Jeff Lerg and forward Matt Schepke in Omaha ... Selected as captain of Team USA for the 2006 Viking Cup ... Tallied a 1-3-4 scoring line in three games at the Viking Cup, helping the USA to the bronze medal ... Posted 3-8-11 points in 45 games with Omaha in 2004-05, helping the Lancers to a first-place regular-season finish in the USHL ...Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2005 Under-17 Four Nations tournament in Piestany, Slovakia ... Was named NAHL Rookie Defenseman of the Year and to the league's All-Rookie Team as a member of the Texas Tornado in 2002-03 ... Graduated from Millard North High School in 2005, and attended Northville High School as a freshman ... Played on the golf team his freshman season and earned a varsity letter.
PERSONAL: Born Sep. 22, 1987, in Southfield, Mich. ... No-preference major ... Son of Larry and Sharon Turek ... Brother, Aaron, graduated from the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology in May 2007... Uncle, Tony Heart, was a football player at Holy Cross as an undergraduate ... Fourth member of his family to attend Michigan State, following an uncle and two cousins ... Enjoys playing golf, Texas Hold'em poker and working out.
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