MSU hockey media day; Jack Allen cleared

Today was a busy day over at Munn Ice Arena with hockey media day taking place.

Tom Anastos’ second team at MSU will feature plenty of youth. The Spartans return just two defensemen from last year, making that an area of concern.

Anastos added that the defensemen this year are bigger, which can add a different dimension to this year’s team.

Jake Chelios was the most improved players in the program and is one of the two defensemen returning. MSU will have to replace Torey Krug, who was their captain, best offensive player, best defensive player, and emotional and undisputed leader.

With the youth on defense, the Spartans will be relying on junior goaltender Will Yanakeff to play a big role.

Here are some other items to come out of media day.

Anastos thought the preseason rankings were appropriate but hopes MSU can be that surprise team in the league this season. He expects the CCHA to be strong in its final season.

Captains haven’t been named yet. Anastos said they will likely wait until after Monday’s exhibition game against Windsor to name captains.

Redshirt freshman Branden Carney still hasn’t been cleared to resume activities but Anastos said he’s made good progress. Carney injured his C1 and C2 vertebrae during a fall in practice last November.

If the NHL lockout forces the cancellation of the Winter Classic, which is slated to take place at Michigan Stadium, the Great Lakes Invitational will be moved inside to Joe Louis Arena and be played Dec. 28-29. As of now, the GLI will be played outdoors at Comerica Park on Dec. 26-27.

We’ll have more media day coverage in tomorrow’s edition and with our hockey preview late next week.

In football news, MSU lineman Jack Allen was cleared of any wrong doing after a video review of the incident with Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins against Ohio State on Saturday.

Here is the statement MSU AD Mark Hollis made about the situation this afternoon.

“Michigan State values and respects the Big Ten’s Sportslike Conduct Policy, and both parties take any alleged violations of the agreement very seriously. There are procedures in place to review any alleged violations of the policy. After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn’t violate the conference’s Sportslike Conduct Policy.

“As athletics director, I had an opportunity to be involved in this review process and while his actions ‘weren’t a football play,’ this clearly wasn’t an eye-gouging incident.”

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47 Responses to MSU hockey media day; Jack Allen cleared

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Mark Hollis: After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that Jack Allen didn’t violate the conference’s Sportslike

    Finally we are getting some respect in the Big Ten offices.

  2. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    It was bull from the get go. Just an attempt to deflect on the edited game tape. Tit for Tat for being called out on it. Mess with me I mess with you. Lacking class jerk. Only a matter of time until he implodes again.

    • avatar D Fleming says:

      We do not have coaches who can show any leadership skills, I have done my fair share of turning boys into men and the basic mentoring skills are lacking here. Give em books and they chew the covers off.

      • avatar Munnster says:

        Get lost, Fleming. Go troll somewhere else.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Good for you, Coward. Glad to see you grew a pair and decided to come out of the closet and converse with humans. But just so you don’t feel totally lost of along, baa, baa, baa, moo, moo.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Incidentally Buddy, if you aren’t bright enough to have figured it out, everyone knows you have an adz to grind, so your stuff is never read, they just see your moniker and either ignore it or, as I do, take 2.3 seconds to puke on it.

      • avatar GoSt8Go says:

        Thank goodness that the parents and administrators of same saw fit to put you out to pasture, literally.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      The one thing you could always count on from the Criminal Recruiter was a negative to deflect anything that might stick to him. When he finally left UF for “medical” reasons, some media said that was his way of deflecting the “your fired” from the administration. Urbanity is by far the worst thing to ever come to the B1G. He makes Bo or his Ghost look like a class act.

  3. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    I’m keeping the faith fellas. I took my beloved Spartans and gave up 15.5 against Indiana. I am looking for a breakout offensive performance, which starts a season long winning streak and a Rose Bowl victory.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Nice, as I said elsewhere, we run the table.

      • avatar wearer of the belt says:

        Not so young Marine,
        I believe Mark Dantonio’s team will impose their will on Indiana tomorrow. Dantonio is a coach of championship caliber. When you are the head coach of Indiana you set your goals at third place and a New Year’s Day Bowl. In reality if you finish 6th or 7th at 6-6. and go to any bowl your employer is satisfied and you have job security. It’s when you have 8 to 10 losses on a regular basis that you end up polishing your resume and sharpening your skills as a restaurateur.
        3–9 1–7 T–10th
        2–10 1–7 T–9th
        3–8 1–7 T–10th

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          If I were an IU grad, I’d be writing what I usually write in answer to this assessment, but IU is a Basketball School (soccer and swimming, too) and since John Pont have not competed in the B1G.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:


      Had a phone call from the greatest WR in MSU history last night, its not Maxwell , Atl our guys need to be right at the exact spot at the exact moment on those quick slants, Maxwell is doing his job.

  4. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Prediction: Michigan State 34, Indiana 7

    Michigan State’s defense will clamp down on Indiana’s offense as Le’Veon Bell has another big day.
    Roushar is vindicated, critics admit they were wrong about the 4-2 Spartans.

  5. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Big shoes to fill without Torey Krug; he was Mr. Everything!

    The new guys need to listen, learn practice strong and then execute.

    Yanni needs to play big as well as actually being BIG between the pipes (and his ears) for this team to make real strides under Coach Tom…

  6. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Kept very quiet has been the NCAA checking on the violations of Roy the Boy Toy in Tyler Hansbrough’s years there. Seems his mother got a job at the as a fund raiser for the Dental school which allowed her to travel to not only Tyler’s games, but also the ND games where her other son played. If this ain’t about as sleazy as something Cal the Used Care Salesman would do, then I think Buddy James is my hero.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Now thats funny, how long would BJ have lasted in your squadron?

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        If he ever got that far, not very. You gotta understand, that weeding out process in Pensacola and Yuma is done for a reason. Most people aren’t equipped to fly airplanes that can and routinely do go 700+mph GROUNDSPEED which means at the pass head on with another similar jet, you could have a closure rate of >3o mi. per second. There isn’t a lot of time for wondering if I was nice to my cows this morning.

        • avatar D Fleming says:


          You left me know if you can do better than that.

          • avatar headeast says:

            is this the score Purdue wins by tomorrow…

          • avatar GoSt8Go says:


          • avatar wearer of the belt says:

            I don’t know who you are son but I would be in a much higher income bracket if I could swing 72-59, that was my goal to be above 500, I never even got to sniff .500
            wearer of the belt

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            WOB, it’s a fired high school Basketball coach who has always had a bug up his (___) because Coach Izzo didn’t hire him when the parents at ELHS got him fired, his one teaching point was nepotism. Now, he milks cows outside of GR and comes on until the Spartans win a few games and go to the Tourney when he limps off to the sidelines like so much limburger cheese. (and yes the choice is correctly named for it’s odor)

          • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:


        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          that would be MINUTE, not Sec.

          And DHSFB, I never said or purported to be a coach of children, I can only tell you that for the 3 years I was responsible for the the well being of 234 Marines and 12 F-4s, we flew more sorties than any other squadron and didn’t lose a single soul. That includes, but is not limited to 3 trips to SE Asia and other clines , where life is a little harsher than it is attempting to teach teens to bounce a basketball in EL or milking steers in GR. You have yourself a good day there, Bunkie, I’m sure Bessie the Hairy Heifer wants her teets squeezed.

  7. avatar The Tanner says:

    Chris Chelios got experience baby !!!

    Allan still not guilty baby !!!

    No hockey at the Copa baby !!!

    The Tanner got the inside scoop baby !!!

    • avatar Spart Guy says:

      The Spart Guy can communicate in complete sentences, baby!

      Chris Chelios is not on the roster, dim baby!

      Judicial decisions do not change after a day despite your wishful thinking, baby!

      The “Tanner” has as much “inside” as a bowling ball, baby!

  8. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Here is a story about the classic footballer that the Criminal Recruiter goes after:


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