EAST LANSING - Michigan State hockey junior defenseman Carson Gatt has been voted to the All-Big Ten honorable mention team, it was announced Monday, March 13 by the conference office. Gatt has a career-high 11 points this season, including three goals and eight assists.
As one of just two upperclassmen on the blue line, Gatt has been instrumental in ushering the development of the team's younger defensemen while also increasing his offensive production. He netted his first-career goal in a 6-2 win over Princeton on Oct. 28 and got his first assist of the year in the Spartans' 4-3 upset road victory over No. 5 North Dakota.
Gatt had a goal and an assist against Michigan in the GLI on Dec. 30 and got his third goal of the year two games later at Wisconsin. The dependable and consistent blueliner had two games with two assists, both of which came against Ohio State, Feb. 18 and March 4.
He has appeared in 30 games this season.
The Big Ten also recognized a Sportsmanship Award honoree from each of the six schools with Joe Cox garnering the accolade for MSU. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Cox, who has never missed a game in his career, has six goals and eight assists for 14 points this season. The team captain has a 3.72 GPA and will graduate with a degree in accounting this spring.
Michigan State will meet Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena.