Neil Koepke, who covers Michigan State hockey for MSUSpartans.com, is one of the longest-tenured and most-respected college hockey journalists in the business. Koepke has covered college hockey for 39 seasons, which includes 25 years as the Michigan State hockey beat writer for the Lansing State Journal. Prior to joining the LSJ, he spent 13 seasons as the University of Michigan beat reporter for the Ann Arbor News and one year as an analyst with Ken Kal, now the voice of the Detroit Red Wings, on Michigan radio broadcasts on WAAM.
Koepke has covered 34 NCAA Frozen Fours, including Michigan State in seven of its Frozen Four appearances (1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2001, and 2007). In all, he has covered thousands of hockey games, from the NHL to the NCAA to the prep level. There is simply no journalist in North America with more hockey knowlege.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Koepke began playing hockey at age 11 and spent one season playing for the Ohio State University freshman team as a goaltender. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1970.