As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Michigan State announced that Kristen Henn from the field hockey team and Greg Wolfe of the ice hockey team have been named Michigan State’s 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.
The Big Ten, the nation’s oldest collegiate conference, commemorates the 100th anniversary of a very unique tradition – the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 99 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
A three-time captain, Henn led the Spartans to three NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure along with two Big Ten Tournament titles. In the four seasons that Henn earned a varsity letter, the team went 57-30, highlighted by a run to the NCAA Elite Eight during her senior season.
Henn played a crucial role on the Spartan back line and was an All-Big Ten selection in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, she was a Second Team All-West Region selection for the second time, with the other coming in 2010. She finished her career with 16 goals and seven assists, good for 39 points.
After a successful final season in the Green and White, Henn was selected to play in the Front Rush/NFHCA Division I Senior Game, featuring the nation’s top seniors. The Prospect, Ky., native also was voted as the team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year at the team banquet.
Wolfe, who graduated with a degree in finance in May, saved his best season for last, finishing with a team-high 13 goals and 31 points, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention. In Big Ten games, he led the Spartans with 19 points, which was fifth most of any player in the conference. Wolfe was one of six Spartans to appear in all 36 contests last season and recorded seven multi-point games. His lead-by-example approach proved more evident as he elevated his level of play with the competition, finishing the season with a team-best 11 points in games against ranked opponents.
Down the stretch, Wolfe was held without a point just twice over the final 11 games and ended the season with a career-best five-game point streak. As just the ninth player in program history to be named captain at least twice, the Canton, Mich., native finished his career with 89 points, marking the highest-career point total by a Spartan since 2009.
Wolfe’s dedication extended to both the classroom and the community. With a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average, Wolfe was voted to the Academic All-District V First Team. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree also was the hockey team’s representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Council for two years. He led the team’s involvement in several community initiatives, including: Teams for Toys, annual food drive, Accessible Halloween, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Relay for Life, Spartan Buddies and March is Reading Month.