Jan. 26, 2007
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State senior defenseman/forward Tyler Howells is one of 89 individuals on the ballot for the second annual Ponitac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Championship weekend in April in St. Louis, Mo.
The NCAA is offering college hockey fans the opportunity to vote for the final 32 student-athlete participants (16 male and 16 female). Beginning Friday, January 26, through Monday, February 12, fans can vote online at NCAASports.com
Howells is looking to become the second Spartan to participate, following in the footsteps of former winger Colton Fretter, who represented the Green & White last year at the inaugural event.
The Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge will take place on Friday night, April 6, 2007, at the Scottrade Center. More than 180 student-athletes from all NCAA men's and women's hockey programs were nominated to participate in the skills challenge. The field of potential participants has been narrowed down to 89 student-athletes, who are listed on the online ballot.
Should Howells be selected to the Frozen Four Skills Challenge roster and the Spartans advance to the Frozen Four, he would be replaced with an alternate. Michigan State is currently ranked as high as eighth in the national polls, and has won nine of ten games to boast a 16-8-1 overall record. Through 25 games, Howells has a team-best 14 assists. The versatile veteran has played both forward and defense for the Spartans throughout his career, and has averaged a point a game over the last nine contests.