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Head Coach Tom Anastos discussed playing in Chicago against Michigan at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Check out what he said about the big match up!


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We’re hearing an awful lot about the impact that college defensemen are having on the professional game this season. Hockeytown has been buzzing about the contributions the Red Wings got from Dan DeKeyser (Western Michigan) and Brendan Smith (Wisconsin).

Lately, we’ve seen hockey fans in Boston amazed at what Torey Krug has brought to the Boston Bruins. With two goals and an assist in his first two NHL playoff games, following his call up from the Bruins AHL team in Providence, fans are now wondering if he’s become a permanent fixture on the blue line in The Hub.

As Spartan fans, we’re not surprised at all. For three seasons, we saw what Krug brought to the ice every night. We saw a player who was a natural leader, being elected as team captain as a sophomore. We saw a player who, despite being undersized (MSU had him listed as 5’ 9”… in his skates, maybe!) was named to the CCHA’s All-Rookie Team after leading the league’s rookie defensemen in scoring.

As a sophomore he added the pressure of being the team’s captain, but still more than tripled his goal scoring numbers while earning the Top [..]

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Oh Captain, My Captain!

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A couple of years ago, I was talking with Rob Woodward during the offseason and I told him that I thought Torey Krug would eventually be a great captain for the Spartan Hockey team. He thought about it and agreed. Now, two years later, I realize that even I underestimated just how good a player, and captain, he would become!


Last night at the CCHA Awards in Detroit, Torey was honored as the CCHA Player of the Year, Offensive Defenseman of the Year (for the second consecutive season!) All CCHA First Team, Co - CCHA Scoring Leader and MSU's Perani Cup winner for earning the most points in the three stars contest. Additionally, The Hobey Baker Award top 10 was announced, and Torey is on that list as well.

He's definitely the Spartan's best player and, if he returns for his Senior season, may wind up setting some records that will never be broken by another defenseman. But the thing that has caught my eye more this year, is the way he's become a leader on the team.

I started following him on Twitter last year. All summer long Torey would tweet about his excitement for the upcoming season. Once [..]

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The playoffs are in full swing and we all know what that means. Yep, Scott’s productivity has gone through the basement floor due to one invention… the Pairwise Predictor. I could play […]

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By Scott MooreWell, well, well! I guess we can all assume that the powers that be in college hockey are not regular readers of my hockey blog. Last month I put forward my proposal for how the teams […]

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By Scott MooreSeems like everywhere I go, the number one topic of conversation has been the Big Ten Hockey Conference, and what it will mean to the CCHA. Nobody seems to think about the WCHA which is […]

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Photo: MSU Athletic Communications

Two Month Update

May 25, 2011

By Scott MooreIt seems hard to believe that Tom Anastos has been Michigan State's Head Hockey Coach for 2 months now. When Tom was introduced as the new leader of the hockey program back on March […]

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By Scott MooreIt's time for the American Hockey Coaches Association annual meeting down in Naples Florida. An article by Todd Milewski on USCHO points out that this year, there's a new group getting […]

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Just one month after his tenure began, Coach Tom Anastos brought back a couple Spartan greats (Photo: MSU Athletic Communications)

By Scott MooreYou know how they always say "wait until the other shoe drops"? Usually this phrase is full of negative connotations, making the "other shoe" more of an old, dirty and beat up Chuck […]

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By Scott MooreThe Red Wings, with two former Spartans (Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller) are taking a well deserved break over the weekend after sweeping the Phoenix Coyotes out of the Stanley Cup […]

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Not exactly the traditional playoff beard for former Spartan Ryan Miller (Courtesy: Yahoo Sports)

Bearded in Buffalo

Apr 21, 2011

by Scott MooreThere's been so much discussion about "playoff beards" over the past few years. Mostly, it's a hockey thing which started on the great Islanders teams in the 80s, but now it seems to […]

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Former Spartan Ryan Miller led the Sabres to a 1-0 victory over Philly (Photo: Getty Images)

Last night turned out to be very good for hockey players who once wore the green and white. Here in the mitten, of course, we were following the exploits of Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller as they […]

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It's On!

Mar 20, 2011

The Committee has spoken! The NCAA Hockey Tournament bracket was unveiled on Sunday morning. How did I do? I missed on one key point. The committee once again valued attendance over fairness. My […]

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Bracketology...

Mar 19, 2011

The teams have all been determined, Now all that's left is to figure out where they'll be placed for the NCAA Mens Ice Hockey Tournament 2011. We call it "Bracketology". Here's my best estimate […]

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Time To Breathe....

Dec 14, 2010

The first half of the hockey season is in the can and now we get a few days to rest up, recharge and get ready for that push to the playoffs.What have we learned so far? Plenty!We’ve learned […]

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The start of the season is always a time of confliction for me. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the first game as much as anybody. To me, broadcasting is like caffeine. I get a real high […]

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