April 21, 2014
EAST LANSING - Michael Ferrantino has been named Michigan State hockey team captain for the 2014-15 season, it was announced today, April 21, by head coach Tom Anastos. Ferrantino, who will be a junior this fall, is the 70th captain in program history.
"Michael embodies all of the characteristics that we value in a leader," said Anastos. "He puts the team and his teammates first, he brings positive energy and a very high compete level to the rink every day, he's committed academically and he is very active in the community. Most importantly, his teammates have great trust and respect for his commitment to our team and to the program."
As a sophomore, Ferrantino doubled his point total from his rookie campaign, recording nine goals and 11 assists. His 20 points were the most among all Spartan underclassmen. The hard-working center appeared in all 36 games and led MSU in the faceoff circle, winning 54% of his draws.
"It's a tremendous honor," said Ferrantino. "I learned a lot from Greg Wolfe last season and we have a great group of guys with a lot of leadership qualities returning next year. To be named captain by my teammates and coaches is truly an honor and something special."
The native of Plymouth was one of MSU's most consistent players in 2013-14 as he was a plus or even player in 28 of 36 games. He compiled a career-best four-game goal streak during January and scored five of his nine goals on the season against ranked opponents.
In conference play last season, Ferrantino produced 14 points. His seven goals against Big Ten opponents were tied for the second most on the team.
Ferrantino also led MSU in the shootout, scoring a team-high three goals.
In Ferrantino's two years at MSU, the durable 5-foot-8 forward has played in all 78 games, producing 12 goals and 18 assists.