Neil Koepke previews this weekend’s Ice Breaker Tournament.
Neil Koepke's take on Sunday's exhibition victory.
Milan and Walsh score for the Spartans.
Neil Koepke previews the 2015-16 season.
The Spartans met with the media on Sept. 30.
Spartans at NHL Development Camps 2015
Travis Walsh photos from 2014-15
MSU 4, Ferris State 1; Nov. 1, 2014
Photos of Sophomore Travis Walsh
2014-15 (Junior): Second Team All-Big Ten … Voted the winner of the Dr. John Downs Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year award … Academic All-Big Ten ... Missed the final six games after fracturing his jaw on a blocked shot Feb. 26 at Minnesota ... His 14 points (2g, 12a) were a career high, leading all MSU defensemen and ranking fifth among Big Ten blueliners … Blocked 63 shots (2.2 per game), which ranked second on the team ... Had an assist in both games vs. UMass (10/17-18) and at Princeton (11/28-29) ... Scored his first-career goal vs. Ferris State (11/1) and added another (unassisted) the following game in a 4-3 win at UNH (11/7) ... Had a three-game point streak from Nov. 1-8 (2-1-3) ... Posted assists in consecutive games vs. Minnesota (12/6) and Clarkson (12/14) and then at Wisconsin (2/21) and at Minnesota (2/26) ... Was a season-high plus-2 in a win over Clarkson ... Blocked four or more shots in five games.
2013-14 (Sophomore): Registered seven assists and tied for first in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation in blocked shots (85) ... Ranked second in the conference and fourth nationally in blocks per game at 2.58 ... Recorded his first assist of the season at Massachusetts (10/19) ... Recorded an assist in a 5-4 win over AIC (1/11) ... Had a career-high three assists in an 8-2 win over Princeton (11/29) ... Blocked four or more shots in 11 games and blocked a season-high six vs. Penn State (1/17) and Ohio State (2/7) ... Assisted on Greg Wolfe's goal in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals vs. Ohio State (3/20) ... Posted a plus-2 rating vs. AIC (11/1) and Penn State (1/18) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.
2012-13 (Freshman): One of four freshmen to have appeared in all 42 games, registering 11 points (11a) ... Recorded his first collegiate point with an assist in a 4-2 win over Lake Superior State (10/27) ... Had a season-high two assists in a win over Penn State (1/25) ... Had assists in back-to-back games on two occasions; vs. Bowling Green (2/9) and Northern Michigan (2/15) and then at Alaska (2/23) and vs. Western Michigan (3/1) ... Posted a season-best plus-4 rating in a 7-2 win over Michigan (11/10) ... His 79 blocks ranked second on the team and tied for sixth in the nation.
Prior to MSU: Competed for three seasons in the USHL,his final two in Muskegon ... In 57 games in 2012, contributed four goals and 15 assists for 19 points with 56 penalty minutes... In 2010-11, appeared in 55 games, notching a goal and 17 assists and 49 PIM ... Played 20 games in 2009-10 in Sioux City ... A product of the Capitol Center Pride.
Personal: Born June 4, 1993 in Bangor, Maine .... Son of Tracey and the late Shawn Walsh ... Has an older brother, Tyler, who an intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, and a younger brother, Sean ... Grandson of former MSU coach and athletic director Ron Mason and the son of the late Shawn Walsh, a former Bowling Green and MSU assistant coach under Mason. Walsh guided the University of Maine to two National Championships and a 399-215-44 record from 1984-01 ... Is a 2010 graduate of Haslett High School, where he was an honor roll student ... Has been a participant in community outreach projects for Race for the Cure, Live United, and Habitat for Humanity ... Lists his biggest hockey influence as former Pride coach Ron Gay, who helped him go from an average hockey player to where he is today ... Lists Erik Karlsson as his favorite NHL player, because "he makes it look so easy" ... Considers his father his hero, as he was so positive and hard-working.