Sr. | F | Cheboygan, Mich.
Nightingale, who transferred to Michigan State from Lake
Superior State, scored 16 points in his first season with
Statistics: Scored 16 points in 36 games for the
Spartans last season. Of his nine goals, three were game winners,
two came on the power play and one was shorthanded.
He Does: Nightingale, who sat out the 2002-03 season
after transferring to Michigan State from Lake Superior State,
proved to be a valuable commodity for coach Rick Comley because
his ability to play in a variety of situations. In addition
to his dependability, Nightingale wasted no time in becoming
a leader for the Spartans. He served as an assistant captain
for MSU last season, and will assume a similar role this year.
Bigger Picture: He doesn’t boast five-star
talent in any one phase of the game, but Nightingale is versatile.
He’s a solid offensive contributor (a combined 31 points
in his last season at Lake Superior State and his first year
at MSU), responsible in the defensive zone and willing to
play with an edge. Comley has used him on both the penalty-killing
and power play units. That he also brings leadership qualities
to the table is an added bonus. With only two seniors last
season, the Spartans had a dearth of take-charge guys in the
locker room, a shortage that manifested itself on the ice
at times. The dependable, hard-working Nightingale and second-year
captain Jim Slater should make leadership a strength this