April 21, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Forward Joe Goodenow (Detroit, Mich.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan State next fall and play hockey for the Spartans.
Goodenow, who is currently 17 years old, is playing for the U.S. National Under-18 Team based in Ann Arbor, Mich., and coached by former Lake Superior head coach Jeff Jackson. He has eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) in 60 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team this year and one goal and three assists (four points) in eight games against Ontario Hockey League teams.
"He's an excellent prospect," head coach Ron Mason said. "He's someone who is going to fit into our system quite nicely. He plays really well on both sides of the puck and has a real tenacity to his game."
Goodenow, who stands 5-10 and weighs 172 pounds, joined the U.S. team after a year with the Bramalea Blues in the Provincial Junior "A" Hockey League in Ontario. With Bramalea, Goodenow played with current MSU forward John Nail in a program which also produced the Spartans' Mike Weaver.
Goodenow, whose father, Bob, is the Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players' Association, joins four early signees in Michigan State's class next fall, including three of his teammates in Ann Arbor.
SPARTAN HOCKEY INCOMING CLASS Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Current Team Joe Goodenow F 5-10 172 6/12/80 Detroit, Mich. U.S. Under-18 Team Adam Hall F 6-2 180 8/14/80 Kalamazoo, Mich. U.S. Under-18 Team Andrew Hutchinson D 6-2 177 3/24/80 Rochester Hills, Mich. U.S. Under-18 Team Jon Insana D 6-0 173 9/2/80 New Baltimore, Mich. U.S. Under-18 Team Shawn Mather F 6-0 182 3/11/80 Tilbury, Ont. Leamington (WJHL)