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Jimmy Snuggerud honored by Big Ten after prominent role in sweeping Michigan State

The freshman forward leads the team and the conference offensively just 28 games into his collegiate career.

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Minnesota forward Jimmy Snuggerud (81) heard the roar of the student second after scoring versus Michigan State in a game between the Gophers and Spartans on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesotan one-third of the Gophers’ dynamic top line was honored by the Big Ten this week, after playing a starring role in his team’s home sweep of Michigan State.

Jimmy Snuggerud, a freshman from Chaska, Minn., posted six points in the two games against the Spartans — which ended as 8-0 and 6-3 wins. Snuggerud leads the team with 37 points after scoring three goals and setting up three more last weekend. He was named the Big Ten’s second star of the week.

He is also the Big Ten’s scoring leader with 26 points, and has had multiple points in 13 of the 28 games he has played as a collegian. Snuggerud played for current Michigan State coach Adam NIghtingale last season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in suburban Detroit, and admitted after Saturday’s game that playing versus his former coach was meaningful.

“He was one of the biggest (influences) in my game. He created a lot of talents in my game that I have today,” Snuggerud said of Nightingale, who took over the MSU program last spring. “A lot came from him, so it was really cool to play against him.”

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Snuggerud has spent much of his rookie season playing right wing on the team’s top line, with Logan Cooley at center and Matthew Knies on left wing. People in the know, such as Arizona State head coach Greg Powers, have called that trio the best line they have seen in college hockey.


It was the second week in a row that the Gophers had a Big Ten honoree. Defenseman Jackson LaCombe was named the conference’s first star a week earlier after his role in a home split with Michigan.

Jess Myers covers college hockey, as well as outdoors, general sports and travel, for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications. He came to FCC in 2018 after three decades of covering sports as a freelancer for a variety of publications, while working full time in politics and media relations. A native of Warroad, Minn. (the real Hockeytown USA), Myers has a degree in journalism/communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He lives in the Twin Cities. Contact Jess via email at jrmyers@forumcomm.com, or find him on Twitter via @JessRMyers. English speaker.
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