April 9, 2010
East Lansing, Mich - Michigan State junior co-captain Jeff Petry (Farmington Hills. Mich) has been named a Reebok All-American, as named by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Petry was named to the second team, the first All-American honor of his career.
Petry, a three-time Most Outstanding Defenseman honoree from MSU and also a Second Team All-CCHA pick, is a dynamic blueliner who skates well and has offensive skill to supplement his defensive prowess. He finished the 2009-10 season with four goals and a team-best 25 assists, putting him third on the MSU scoring chart. He was seventh in the CCHA in assists, and ranked second in the league in defenseman scoring (29 points). He also ranked fourth in the league in power play points (2-16-18).
During Petry's freshman season, he was honored as an NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team selection and named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
In his three seasons at Michigan State, he twice was the team's top-scoring defenseman, and in 118 career games he owned a 9-58-67 scoring line. He never missed a game in his collegiate career. Petry, who opted to forego his senior season, signed a professional contract with the Edmonton Oilers and played in his first professional game on March 26 with the Springfield Falcons.
Petry is the 44th player to earn All-America honors for the Spartans, and the 16th to earn second-team honors. Petry is MSU's first All-American since Jeff Lerg was a second-team pick in 2008. In all, MSU's 44 players have been named to All-American teams 52 times.
Michigan State's 2009-10 squad completed its season with a 19-13-6 overall record, and were second in the CCHA behind top-ranked Miami. The Spartans were upset in the CCHA quarterfinals by archrival Michigan.