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MSU Hockey Signs Another Chelios!


Freshman to be Jake will join brother Dean on MSU roster in fall 2010.

Freshman to be Jake will join brother Dean on MSU roster in fall 2010.

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State hockey coach Rick Comley has announced that Jake Chelios (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Spartans. He will join fellow incoming freshmen Lee Reimer (Landmark, Manitoba), Greg Wolfe (Canton, Mich.) and Willie Yanakeff (Jerome, Mich.) on the Spartan roster in the fall of 2010.

"We are excited that Jake will be joining our program, and I think that he will certainly be a good add for our team," noted Comley. "Jake is a versatile young player who just has an outstanding feel and understanding of the game. We think that he will be the type of player who will enhance our roster with some speed, and hockey sense."

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Chelios played one season for the Chicago Steel of the USHL, putting up a 12-22-34 stat line in 52 games. Three of his goals stood as game-winners, a total which led the Steel this season. He also had two power-play markers and one shorthanded tally. 

This season, Wolfe was involved in a trade-deadline deal in the USHL that sent him from Chicago to Omaha. He helped the Lancers to a first-place finish in the West Division, and fell in the Clark Cup playoffs to the Fargo Force in the West Division finals. In 18 games with Omaha, he has averaged better than a point per game (7g, 13a) and is a +18. In Chicago, he had a 17-15-32 scoring line in 39 games, with four power-play goals and three shorthanded strikes.

Reimer helped lead the Canmore Eagles into the AJHL playoffs.  In the regular season, Reimer led tye Eagles in scoring with a 33-44-77 scoring line in 59 games, ranking 10th in the league in points, eighth in goals, 10th in assists, 13th in points per game (1.13), sixth in power play goals (11), and fourth in shorthanded markers (4). In six playoff games, he had one goal and seven assists.

Yanakeff had his 2009-10 season shortened by injury, and was also the subject of a mid-season USHL trade from Sioux City to the Waterloo Blackhawks. In his 10 games in Waterloo, he posted a 5-5-0 record and 3.41 GAA for the Blackhawks, who finished fourth in the East Division.

Chelios is the younger brother of MSU sophomore Dean Chelios, and the son of Chris Chelios, a 26-year NHL veteran who won an NCAA title at Wisconsin and Stanley Cups in Detroit and Montreal.