Sioux Falls Stampede forward Corey Tropp has committed to Michigan State University for the 2007-08 season.
The Grosse Pointe native appeared in 46 games with the Herd during the regular season, posting 15 points on seven goals and eight assists. Tropp also posted five points (2g, 3a) in 14 playoff games, helping lead the Stampede to their first ever trip to the Clark Cup Finals. Tropp becomes the 17th Stampede player to commit to a Division One college or university from this past season.
Prior to joining the Stampede in October, Tropp played midget major hockey with Victory Honda in the Midwest Elite Hockey League where he posted five points (2g, 3a) in just two games. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound winger tallied 37 points (21g, 16a) in 27 games with Belle Tire two years ago.
When Tropp joins the Spartans in 2007 he will join former Stampede star Jim McKenzie, who is entering his junior year this season. Michigan State is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and have captured two National Championships (1966 and 1986). Last year, the Spartans finished with a 25-12-8 record, won the CCHA playoff title and advanced to the East Regional Final where they fell 5-4 to Maine.
"This is like a dream come true," said Tropp. "Growing up in Michigan, I've always wanted to attend Michigan State. The hockey program is one of the best in country, it's a great academic school and it's close to home."