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Muller Will Return For Fifth Season With Spartan Hockey

Nico Muller Returning

East Lansing, Mich. – Senior Nicolas Müller (Arisdorf, Switzerland) has announced that he will return to Michigan State and will play a fifth season for the Spartans. 
“We are very excited that Nico has decided to return to our program for another year,” said head coach Adam Nightingale.  “His selfless approach and unique work ethic will help continue our programs upward trajectory.  He worked incredibly hard to have a breakout season, and helped us build the foundation for the success we would like to have year-over-year at Michigan State.  We feel super fortunate that Nico wants to be a part of our next steps forward.”
“I have always been proud to be a Spartan and I’m really excited to for the opportunity to come back next season and help our team take another step,” said Müller.  “I’m really looking forward to next season with Coach Nightingale, the staff, and my teammates.”
Muller put together a career-best year as the Spartans made a run to the Big Ten semifinals for the first time in program history.  He sits atop the Spartan statistics sheet with 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists), which represents his single-season bests in all three offensive categories.    Müller ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 25 assists and tenth in points (34), and leads the team with 15 power play points (2-13-15).
Müller recorded 14 points over his last 11 games, including two goals and three assists in the quarterfinals at Notre Dame; he had multiple-point efforts in three of the last six games, including the two wins against the Irish. 
With 34 points, Müller has compiled the most points by a Spartan player since the 2018-19 season, when Taro Hirose (15-35-50) and Patrick Khodorenko (18-19-37) sat atop the scoresheet.  His 25 assists is the most by a Spartan since Hirose had 35 that season. 
Muller is one of nine players who put together their career best seasons in 2022-23.  Over his first three seasons in Green and White, Muller had 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 98 games.  More than doubling those numbers in one season, Muller helped guide Michigan State to a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten after being selected seventh in the pre-season coaches poll.  MSU, which had not won a Big Ten Tournament game in the league’s first nine years of existence, was the No. 5 seed in the B1G tourney and…

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