Signing Day for MSU Hockey which adds four

Michigan State today announced they have signed four players for their 2006 recruiting class. The players signing letters of intent are Matt Schepke, a forward from Warren, MI; Ryan Turek from Northville, MI; defenseman Michael Ratchuk from Buffalo, NY and Jay Sprague, a forward from Georgetown Ontario.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State today announced they have signed four players for their 2006 recruiting class. The players signing letters of intent are Matt Schepke, a forward from Warren, MI; Ryan Turek from Northville, MI; defenseman Michael Ratchuk from Buffalo, NY and Jay Sprague, a forward from Georgetown Ontario.

Schpeke will have three seasons left at Michigan State after spending his first two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. His eligibility clock began ticking in 2003-04.

Turek also starred with Schepke in Omaha totaling 28 points on 17 goals and 11 assists. He is eligible for the NHL draft but is unlikely to sign this season since he is rated as a third round pick by NHL Central Scouting. Coach Rick Comley indicated that Turek will swing between forward and the backline.

Ratchuk returns from the United States Under-18 team which won the gold medal in Sweden. He totaled 30 points for team USA and will be expected to provide instant productivity to the Spartans scoring punch.

Sprague spent 2005 with the Indiana Ice totaling 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assist in 56 games. His fortee is the powerplay were he scored six of his goals including four game winners. Sprague is known as a tough hard nosed physical player who wracked up 58 penalty minutes for the Ice last season.

Comley was pleased with the haul of player who will replace five graduating seniors and junior captain Drew Miller who signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. "I'm very pleased with our recruiting class," noted Comley. "We think that we have added speed and offensive skill, and these players will complement the assets we already have in our returning players."


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