Indiana Ice forward Jay Sprague has committed to play collegiate hockey for the Michigan State Spartans in 2006-07, the USHL team has announced.
Sprague, a native of Georgetown, Ont., played in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League last year and was drafted by the Ice in last spring's USHL draft.
"Jay Sprague was a player our staff was fortunate to see during the regular season and playoffs last year in Ontario," said Ice president-GM Paul Skjodt. "Michigan State wanted to see him play at the USHL level and his performance at the Buc Bowl sealed the deal. Jay is a consummate pro both on and off the ice. We believe he will be an impact player for the Ice this year and a great addition to the Michigan State hockey program in 2006-07."
The 19-year-old Sprague will suit up for the storied program that has produced numerous NHL players such as Mike York (NY Islanders), Anson Carter (Vancouver), Bryan Smolinski (Ottawa), John Michael Liles (Colorado) and Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour.
Michigan State is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), which has accounted for 16 of the 56 NCAA Frozen Four participants from 1992-2005. The conference includes national powerhouses such as the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Spartans are coached by Rick Comley, who ranks seventh on the all-time NCAA hockey coach's wins list with 643 victories.