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National Champion Spartans
Sunday, Apr 8, 2007 from St. Louis, Missouri
Posted: Apr 8, 2007 | 335 words | 7 Comments
We are the champions! That is Michigan State University and all the Spartan alumni across the world. Both a childhood dream and a college dream came true tonight. The Spartans’ men’s hockey team takes home the national title from St. Louis. In front of the largest hockey crowd in Frozen Four history the Spartans scored the go-ahead goal with just 18.9 seconds left in the game. At that moment I let out the biggest yell of my life in a celebration that I have been anticipating since I was a young boy. Tonight is the greatest night of my life as a Spartan beyond description.
How much better can this trip get? Never did I imagine that I would get to see my alma mater win a national championship in my favorite sport, in person, while on a 50-state tour of the country. All throughout college I wanted to see a national championship, of any sport! Of all sports, hockey has always been a passion of mine greater than anything. As a child I became Spartan hockey fan at a young age, probably before the age of 10, even though I lived 450 miles from East Lansing.
Rick Comley became the 3rd coach in NCAA hockey history to win national titles with two different schools. I never lost faith in him like so many did at one point. And it was fate that I would make it to this game. There are only a few hockey games that end in the dramatic fashion of tonight. However, it seems that in the NCAA hockey final it’s a regular happening. It’s an amazing sport and I’m happy that MSU hockey will be strong for years to come and is now at the forefront of college hockey.
Tonight is a night I will never forget. Through some magic mystery it worked out perfectly that I made it to the game and it was meant to be. The greatest Spartan experience of my life. Go green! Go white! …forever.
Comment by Josh
From EL, MI
BUGSY what a game ey bro!! great to see us win in such a thrilling way. Go green.
Comment by Krystyn
From Knoxville, TN
Hey there! I saw part of the game while on my break @ SB -they were down 1-0 at that time. Glad to hear they came thru in the end.
Comment by Jeff
From St. Louis, MO
It was great to meet you, Justin. Good to see Jeanna too, and have you both as guests at our B&B. I envy you being able to take your year-long travel adventure across the U.S. As I said to you at breakfast this morning, you'll cherish this trip for the rest of your life - the feeling of being completely free, without any ties (other than the family ties back home in Michigan, which you clearly hold dear). Good luck on the rest of your journey, and may all the new experiences you have become great memories.
Comment by Jen
From Back in Leeds!, UK
Can we reserve you for our lacrosse games next season? And all Cubs games while you're at it, you seem to have a good record going. (Knock on wood!) Always proud to have been a Spartan for nine months. Congrats!
Comment by Penny Bell
From Boise, ID
ALMOST as cool as Boise State winning in dramatic fashion in overtime at the Fiesta Bowl! So cool - glad you got to enjoy the game and the win in person!
Comment by Paul
From Saline, MI
Great game won by a great team and an amazing goalie. Go Green Go White
Comment by Barb and Lowell
From L'Anse, MI
Cool Bugsy, cool! What a memory for you! Did you take lots of photos? Any with you and the team? Enjoy the moment, more are coming... B and L