Three Spartans Earn All-Big Ten Honors
March 17, 2014
EAST LANSING - Three members of the Michigan State hockey team have earned All-Big Ten accolades, it was announced by the conference office on Monday, March 17. Senior defenseman Jake Chelios, senior forward Greg Wolfe and sophomore goaltender Jake Hildebrand garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten. The all-conference teams were selected by the league's head coaches and a media panel.
In his second season as the Spartans' captain, Greg Wolfe leads the team in points (30) and goals (12), while ranking second in assists (18). Wolfe's 30 points currently rank ninth in the conference. In Big Ten games, Wolfe ranks second in the league with 14 assists, while his 19 points in conference games tie him for fifth best.
Wolfe has been one of the team's most consistent offensive performers as he has a team-best seven multi-point games in 2013-14. The native of Canton, Mich., carries a four-game point streak (1-6-7) into Thursday's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup with Ohio State. Wolfe has been held without a point just twice over the last eight games, producing four goals and nine assists over the span.
Wolfe was selected the Big Ten Third Star of the Week on Feb. 11 after a four-point weekend vs. Ohio State. Wolfe factored in all four MSU goals on the weekend, producing a goal and an assist in the first game and then registering a pair of power-play goals the following day.
Wolfe was also recognized as MSU's Sportsmanship Award honoree as one student-athlete from each school is selected for the award. The individuals chosen 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.
Chelios has had a career year on the blue line for the Green and White. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native has produced 19 assists, which ranks second among all defensemen in the conference. His 21 points are third-best among all blueliners.
From Nov. 29-Jan. 18, Chelios had points in eight of 11 games, registering two goals and seven assists during the stretch. He had a career-best three assists in the Spartans' 3-1 come-from-behind victory over No. 13/14 Boston University on Oct. 26.
Hildebrand has provided a more than steady presence in goal for the Spartans this season. His 31 starts are the second most of any goaltender in the conference. He has faced more shots (972) and made more stops (897) than any goaltender in the league.
Hildebrand, a product of Butler, Pa., was recognized as one of the Big Ten's Stars of the Week four times during the season. He first earned the honor on Dec. 31 after posting a .972 save percentage during the Great Lakes Invitational, which included a 29-save shutout performance in a 3-0 win over No. 3 Michigan. He made a career-best 48 stops in a 3-0 win over Penn State on Jan. 17 to again earn the conference's top weekly honor.
He was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week after helping the Spartans to a shootout win over top-ranked Minnesota by stopping all three attempts. Hildebrand took home another conference honor after posting a .946 save percentage in a tie, and eventual shootout win, and victory at Penn State, Feb. 14-15.
It is the second postseason honor of Hildebrand's career as in the final year of the CCHA last season, he was named to the all-conference honorable mention rookie team.
Hildebrand enters play on Thursday with a 2.46 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
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