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Ben Warda
Ben Warda

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lake Orion, Mich.

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 170

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
08/04/1987

Previous Team:
St. Louis Bandits (NAHL)


2008-09 (Freshman): Appeared in 33 games ... Notched a goal and four assists for five points ... Also had 12 penalties for 24 minutes ... First collegiate goal was game-tying tally in 2-1 victory over Massachusetts-Lowell (10/17)...Assisted on Kurt Kivisto's goal in 7-1 loss at Nebraska-Omaha (11/21)...Notched an assist in Spartans' 4-1 win at Miami (1/16)...Assisted on Matt Schepke's game-winning goal in 1-0 win at Ferris State (2/7)...Scored in fourth round of 2-1 shootout victory over Ohio State (2/14)...Assisted on Kurt Kivisto's third-period goal in 5-3 loss at Northern Michigan in first round of CCHA Tournament (3/6).

Prior to MSU: Played two seasons for the St. Louis Bandits (NAHL), captaining the team in his second year ... Helped St. Louis to back-to-back NAHL Championships (2007 and 2008) ... Team went 90-23-7 over the two seasons ... All-NAHL pick and NAHL All-Star game selection in 2007-08 in addition to earning Team MVP honors ... Teammate of fellow MSU freshman Mike Merrifield in St. Louis in 2007-08 ... Led team in scoring, and ranked sixth in the NAHL in goals (31), fifth in points (74), 10th in assists (43), second in shorthanded goals (4) and third in game-winners (7) ... Ranked second on the team in plus/minus (+29), second only to Merrifield (+33) ... Two-year totals of 43-62-105 (+29) in 119 games.

Personal: Born Aug. 4, 1987 in Flint, Mich. ... Son of Scott and Teri Warda ... Hospitality busiuness major ... Has one brother, Adam ... Enjoys golf, weightlifting, and baseball ... Uncles, Tom and William Warda, are both MSU alums ... Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings ... Favorite player is Pavel Datsyuk because of his tremendous skill ... Says his hockey idol growing up was Wayne Gretzky, because he's the greatest player of all-time, and changed the game." ... Says his parents are his biggest hockey influences - "they always supported me in fulfilling my dreams, whether it was hockey or something else I wanted to pursue."

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