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Thursday, October 09, 2008

TEAM PREVIEW: Michigan State

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Head coach: Rick Comley (seventh season)
Home arena: Munn Ice Arena (6,470)
Last season: 25-12-5 overall, 19-6-3 CCHA (3rd), lost to Notre Dame in West Regional final
Back for more: Goaltenders Jeff Lerg (captain), Bobby Jarosz and Steve Mnich, defensemen Brandon Gentile (alternate captain), Jeff Petry, Ryan Turek, Justin Johnston and A.J. Sturges and forwards Tim Crowder (alternate captain), Nick Sucharski, Matt Schepke, Dan Sturges, Corey Tropp, Dustin Gazely, Andrew Rowe, Jay Sprague, Kurt Kivisto and Joey Shean
So long, farewell: Defensemen Michael Ratchuk (signed with Philadelphia after sophomore season), Daniel Vukovic and Jeff Dunne and forwards Tim Kennedy (signed with Buffalo after junior season), Justin Abdelkader (signed with Detroit after junior season), Bryan Lerg (signed with Edmonton), Chris Mueller and Zak McClellan
Welcome to campus: Goaltender Drew Palmisano, defensemen Tim Buttery, Matt Crandell and Brock Shelgren and forwards Andrew Conboy, Adam Henderson, Daultan Leveille, Mike Merrifield, Trevor Nill, Brett Perlini and Ben Warda
NHL draft picks: 8 (Petry, Turek, Crowder, Sucharski, Tropp, Leveille, Nill, Conboy)
Notable Quotable: “I think I learned on our campus very early that it doesn't do you any good to talk about freshmen. When they put jerseys on and skate on the ice, our community, our media expect that they're all great players. I think you enjoy coaching young teams because they're very enthusiastic; they'll play hard. We know what battles we have ahead of us. We've had a pretty good run here in the last couple years and I expect that to continue, although we'll have to grow as the year goes on. ” – Head coach Rick Comley

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