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Merrifield to skate with Spartans

March 19, 2008

Mike Merrifield is the third NAHL player to commit to Michigan State this season, joining St. Louis' Ben Warda and Fairbanks' Brock Shelgren.

The St. Louis Bandits have announced that forward Mike Merrifield has committed to Michigan State University (CCHA) for the 2009-10 season.

Merrifield, from Beverly Hills, Mich., leads all first-year NAHL players in scoring with 18 goals for 56 points after 55 games.  The 18-year-old’s plus-33 rating ranks second in the league.

"Playing hockey for Michigan State has been a dream of mine since I was 7 years old,” said Merrifield.  “I can't be happier. I want to thank the Bandits organization for helping this become a reality.”

"One thing you never have to worry about with Mike is his work ethic and commitment to play, and play hard,” said Bandits coach-GM Jon Cooper.  “The fact that he has exceptional skill and speed is icing on the cake.”

Merrifield is the seventh Bandit from this year’s team to commit to a Division 1 program this season. 

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