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Thursday, November 19, 2009

MSU adds Reimer, Yanakeff for '10-11

Michigan State Press Release

Michigan State has announced that Lee Reimer (Landmark, Manitoba) and Willie Yanakeff (Jerome, Mich.) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Spartans beginning in the fall of 2010.

“We are excited to add Lee and Willie to the Spartan hockey program,” noted MSU head coach Rick Comley. “Recruiting is not only about finding good players, but also about filling needs on your roster for coming years. We think that both players will bring positive attributes to our program. We currently have a young team, and are excited about adding promising young players to that mix for the coming seasons.”

Reimer (RYE-mer) is a centerman who is playing for the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League and is that team’s leading scorer. Through games of Nov. 16, he has an 18-21-39 scoring line with four power-play goals and three shorthanded strikes, which ranks seventh in the AJHL overall. He also ranks fourth in goals and 10th in the league in assists. Reimer, (6-foot, 170 pounds) is a strong skater who moves the puck well, and the coaching staff views him as a complete player who will contribute once he adjusts to the speed and strength in the college game.

Yanakeff (YAN-a-keff) spent last year primarily in the U.S. National Team Development Program, and is now playing in Sioux City of the United States Hockey League. In five games, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Yanakeff owns a 2.81 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Yanakeff is a bigger body than most MSU fans are used to patrolling the crease, but he is technically sound and an excellent athlete. It’s expected that he’ll not only provide depth behind current sophomore Drew Palmisano, but also challenge to continue MSU’s line of excellent goaltenders who rank among the conference’s and nation’s best.

Michigan State will lose four seniors at the end of the 2009-10 season.

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