Junior center Justin Menke (Shamrock, Saskatchewan) of the 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team was recently profiled in the Inside College Hockey.com's (INCH) "A to Z 2009-10 Preview".
Menke compiled a team fourth-most 19 points on five goals and 14 assists in 36 games for the 2008-09 season. He registered one power-play and short-handed goal apiece to go along with 17 blocked shots. The 5-10, 182-pound forward tied for the team lead with five multiple-point game performances a season ago, which included a career game-high three points (0-3=3) against Alabama-Huntsville (Dec. 13).
To date, Menke has amassed 40 career points with 13 goals and 27 assists in 75 contests. The 2007-08 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) All-Rookie Honorable Mention selection has chalked up six power-play markers, two short-handed tallies, two game-winning lamplighters, and 25 blocked shots while totaling 26 penalties for 60 minutes. Menke has posted seven multi-point outings during his two-year collegiate career.
Here's what INCH writer James V. Dowd wrote about Menke.
Key Statistics: Menke finished fourth on the team with a 5-14-19 line last year, seeing a small drop-off from his 21-point freshman year, but making up for it with strong all-around play. The junior-to-be was the team's top faceoff man, winning 61.8 percent of his draws and he added 17 blocked shots on the season.
What He Does: Menke has a strong shot and makes the players around him better with a selfless style of play. This generosity serves him well in the offensive or defensive zone, where he is always aware of what is going on around him, constantly anticipating his teammates' and opponents' next moves to make or break up the right passes depending on the end of the ice.
The Bigger Picture: After a summer of intense strength training, Menke seemed to lose a step and he got off to a statistically slow start last year. Once the Bulldogs got into the second half, however, Menke shed some of the extra muscle and found his groove, finishing the year impressively, with all five of his goals coming after Jan. 1. Look for the junior to play an important role in Ferris State's power play and penalty kill - coach Bob Daniels calls him the team's best 5-on-3 penalty killer - and to be on the ice when looking to score a late goal or protect a lead.
Ferris State Coach Bob Daniels on Menke: "(Menke)'s not blessed with blazing speed or unbelievable hands, but he is above average in all categories. His play away from the puck is outstanding, he is very generous with his puck movement - not only able to spot the open man but get it to him too - and his hockey IQ is through the roof."
The entire article can be viewed by clicking on this link at Inside College Hockey.com.