East Lansing, Michigan. — Michigan State Hockey Coach Adam Nightingale added graduate student Miroslav Mucha (Bytca, Slovakia) and junior striker Zach Dubinsky (Highland Park, Illinois) and the Spartan hockey roster for the 2022-23 season.
Mucha played four years at Lake Superior State and will join the Spartans roster in his fifth year of eligibility as a graduate transfer. He had 35 points in 2021-22 (10g, 25a) and served as alternate captain for the Lakers, and over four seasons played over 100 games with 18 goals and 39 assists (+8). Dubinsky played two collegiate seasons at Rensselaer, appearing in 66 games in 2019-20 and 2021-22. He just finished a 10-goal, 20-point campaign for the Engineers.
The pair add depth and scoring ability to the Spartan forward corps, which brings its top three scorers back to the roster in 2022-23.
“We’re happy to add these two players to our roster – they have college experience under their belts and will have time to play with our returning guys once they arrive on campus this summer,” Nightingale said. Mucha is a character guy with leadership experience, and he also won a CCHA title at Lake State. Dubinsky has a great work ethic and adds skills to our lineup. He plays a 200′ game, which leads him to win hockey. I can’t wait for them to join us on campus as we begin work for the upcoming season.”
Graduate Student F, 6-1, 197 Shots: L
Bytca, Slovakia/ Lake Superior State
2021-22 (Senior, at Lake Superior State): Nominated top 20 for 2022 Senior Class Award… Served as alternate captain and played in all 37 games… Had 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points, all career highs… Also had records in power-play and shorthanded career and ranked third on the team in power-play points with 12 (4G, 8A)……Third on the team in goals and second in assists and points … Tied for third on the team in plus/minus (+5) standings… Recorded 10 multi-point games on the season… Set a new career high in a single game for the points (3) and assists (3) in the team’s 5-2 win over Union (10/23)…Posted a five-game career point streak (2G, 8A) with four games multi-point (10/16-30)… Recorded his first career multi-goal game with two goals and an assist, which included game-winner, in the team’s 6-1 win over 20th North Michigan (1/28) and earned CCHA Forward of the Week honors the following Monday… Registered his 50th career point in team’s 4-0 win over Ferris State, where he assisted on all four Lakers goals (2/12) … Appeared in his 100th career game against Bowling Green (2/ 25).
2020-21 (Junior, at Lake Superior State): Named to the WCHA Academic All-Star Team and was a WCHA Athlete Scholar… Played in 29 games, scoring five goals and nine assists for 14 points… Finished the season with a career-best +7 rating …Recorded two multipoint games during the season…Scored his first career game-winning goal against Alabama-Huntsville (12/6)…Recorded a career-high three-game streak from Dec. 5 to Jan. 2 against Alabama-Huntsville and Bemidji State.
2019-20 (Sophomore, at Lake Superior State): WCHA All-Academic Team selection and WCHA Athlete Scholar… Played in 30 games, posting three goals and five assists this year… Opened the season with his first career point, goal and multi-point game against Merrimack (10/5)… Recorded his second multi-point game of the season with two assists at Notre Dame (10/26)… Scored points in consecutive games during the Michigan Tech series (2/7-8) with a goal in the opener and an assist in the closer streak… Scored the first goal of the game against the Lakers 5-3 win at Bemidji State in the WCHA Quarterfinals (3/7).
2018-19 (first year, at Lake Superior State): Appeared in eight matches.
Before college: Played two seasons with the Minot Minotauros in the NAHL… In the 2017-18 season, played in 59 games, averaging nearly points per game (30-25–55)… In 2016 -17, had two goals and 10 assists in 47 games… Before juniors, played two seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s (2014-16), had 10 goals and 45 assists in 100 games (10-45–55) .
Staff: Son of Anezka Muchova and Miroslav Mucha … Has two siblings, Adriana and Simon.
Junior, F, 5-11, 175 Shots: L
Highland Park, IL / Rensselaer
2021-22 (Sophomore, to Rensselaer): One of two RPI skaters to appear in all 44 games… Ranked third on the team with 10 goals and added 10 assists for 20 points… Scored two power-play goals and one shorthanded hit. ..Compiled 43 blocked shots…Won 52.6% of his faceoffs (363-327)…Scored twice in the October series sweep against Union (10/29-30)… Scored a goal and an assist in a home win over LIU (11/19)… Had a pair of assists in a road win at Brown (2/18)… Had the tying goal in a blitz of third period in the decisive third victory against Dartmouth in the first round of the ECAC playoffs (3/6).
2020-21: Played for the Omaha Lancers (USHL), scoring 14 goals and adding 20 assists for 34 points, compiling 37 penalty minutes.
2019-20 (first year, at Rensselaer): ECAC Hockey All-Academic Selection … Appeared in 22 games … Registered a pair of goals and 10 assists for 12 points … One power-play goal and a total tying … Recorded 19 blocked shots and 119 game wins . .. Five assists and four penalty minutes in 14 ECAC hockey games … Scored his first collegiate goal in his RPI debut against UMass (10/11) … Had a goal and three assists in his first five collegiate games … Two assists against UMass in a rematch in December (29/12) and also against Dartmouth (31/1).
Before college: Played two seasons with the Lincoln Stars (USHL)… Backup captain in his second season… Scored five goals and 14 assists in 72 games at Lincoln (2017-19)… Was the Chad Award winner Johnson of Lincoln, awarded to a player who “demonstrates exceptional leadership and work ethic on and off the ice, engages in community service, mentors teammates and maintains a professional demeanor in all time… Attended Highland Park High School (three years) and University of Nebraska High School his first season at Lincoln…
Staff: Son of Sheryl and Steve Dubinsky… Has two brothers… His father, Steve, played collegiate at Clarkson before a 10-year professional career, which the NHL stopped in Chicago, Calgary, Nashville and St. Louis (1993- 2003).