Friday, March 11, 2005

Spartans get Brighton native for this fall

The Cleveland Barons of the North American Hockey League are proud to announce that center Kurt Kivisto has committed to Michigan State University for the 2005-06 season.

Kivisto, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound left-handed center, is a native of Brighton. Currently, he has 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points in his second year with the Barons. Before joining the Barons, Kivisto attended Brighton High School where he started as a team manager in freshman year. With his hard work and dedication, by his senior year (2002-2003) he made the state of Michigan’s hockey “Dream Team." Kivisto is noted for his work ethic and steady two-way play on the ice, which makes him a valuable asset on the power play and penalty kill.

Barons head coach and general manager Tim Alexander had this to say: “I congratulate Kurt and his family on this occasion. He has had to work for everything in his hockey career, he came to Cleveland, earned his ice time, which has now led him to the next level at Michigan State. I wish him all the best at MSU.”

Kivisto has become the fourth Barons to commit to a CCHA school. He joins Steve Silver (Western Michigan), Nick Biondo (Ohio State), and Jacob Cepis (Bowling Green).

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