Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 3:19 PM EDT Jun 24, 2019 EAST LANSING — Tom Izzo already has given to an expansion project for Spartan Stadium. He and his family now are giving Michigan State another big contribution to renovate Munn Ice Arena. MSU announced Izzo and his wife, Lupe, are donating $1.1 million for the recently approved addition to the Spartans’ hockey home. “Our basketball program is so very fortunate to have the support of many individuals and donors who understand how important facilities and scholarships are to recruiting and competing for championships,” Izzo said in a statement. “I've been going to hockey games since I came to Michigan State and those games are some of my greatest memories. The Spartan family is fortunate to have Danton Cole leading the hockey program and we (Lupe and I) are grateful to be able to support our hockey program that is about to take off.” MSU’s Board of Trustees … [Read more...] about Tom Izzo donates $1.1M to MSU hockey Munn Ice Arena project
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Ritu Sehgal Detroit Free Press Published 8:05 AM EST Feb 13, 2019 Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to give her first State of the State address in Lansing tonight. In it, she is expected to preview her plans to "build a better Michigan." Below is a a text of her prepared remarks. More: Five key takeaways from Whitmer's State of the State Acknowledgments Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist; Speaker Chatfield; House Democratic Leader Greig; Senate Majority Leader Shirkey; Senate Democratic Leader Ananich; members of the cabinet; my daughters, Sherry and Sydney; my husband, Marc; and my fellow Michiganders: Good evening. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak tonight about the growing challenges we face in Michigan, the steps we are going to take to address them, and my priorities for the next year and beyond. As you can imagine, over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of unsolicited input about what I should say tonight, and what I should focus on as … [Read more...] about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State: Full speech
The Minnesota high school boys hockey state tournament celebrates its 75th year this season. Over the past three-quarters of a century, the tournament has grown into one of the most popular and highly-touted high school state tournaments in the country, rivaling the likes of Texas football in its prominence. That, of course, is due largely to one group of people: the players. Without the household names ranging from Phil Housley to John Mayasich to T.J. Oshie — the state tournament, and Minnesota high school hockey in general — wouldn’t be the spectacle it is today. So, to commemorate the 75th edition of Minnesota’s own personal version of March Madness, the Pioneer Press put together a list of the 75 greatest players to play Minnesota high school hockey. Without further ado, let the countdown, and the arguments that are sure to ensue, begin: 75: Herb Brooks School: St. Paul Johnson Position: Forward Last year of high school hockey: 1955 About him: This list … [Read more...] about The 75 greatest players to play Minnesota high school hockey: Nos. 61-75
The Detroit News Published 10:49 AM EST Jan 17, 2019 Michigan star sophomore forward Josh Norris will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury suffered in the world junior championships. Norris, from Oxford, Mich., had 19 points in 17 games for the Wolverines this season. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round, No. 19 overall, in 2017. His rights were traded to the Ottawa Senators in September 2018. "I feel bad for Josh. He was having an outstanding season," Michigan coach Mel Pearson said in a statement. "Knowing him, he will work extremely hard to come back stronger and become an even better player. We look forward to having Josh continue to be a part of our team this season." Michigan (8-9-6 overall, 4-5-4 Big Ten) returns to action Thursday, Jan. 24, at home against Penn State at 7:30 p.m. … [Read more...] about Michigan Wolverines hockey star Josh Norris to miss remainder of season
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 13, 2019 Too far, Ohio State football. Too far. In a move more befitting a big-time bank heist — or a vindictive love triangle between teenagers — the Buckeyes swiped two Michigan football assistant coaches, Greg Mattison and Al Washington, in two days. So that’s the way it’s gonna be under new OSU coach Ryan “Lights Out” Day’s regime, eh? First, has anyone seen Jay Harbaugh lately? Are we sure he’s safe and in a secure location? Second … hey, Buckeyes, keep your dirty mitts off our stuff in Michigan! What’s next? You guys gonna come after Bob Seger, the Mackinac Bridge and Zingerman’s? Who wants to live in Ohio anyway, with all its show-off clean air from having vehicle-emissions testing, its glitzy well-paved toll roads, and those look-at-me football national championships that were won this century? We’ve got Kristen Bell, a great shoreline and … [Read more...] about Hey, Ohio State, keep your dirty mitts off Michigan’s stuff!