Won four monograms during his career at Notre Dame ... provided a physical presence in the Irish lineup throughout his career ... hard-working player who was strong at both ends of the ice and a tenacious forechecker ... saw action in 30 games as a senior with two goals and seven assists for nine points ... played in 115 career games at Notre Dame, scoring 12 goals with 21 assists for 33 points ... came to Notre Dame after playing three seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the Sioux City Musketeers.
AS A SENIOR: Played in 30 games during the 2009-10 campaign ... scored two goals with seven assists for nine points ... whistled for 11 penalties, resulting in 30 penalty minutes ... picked up his first three points of the year as part of a three- game point streak (0g, 3a) from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31 ... recorded assists versus Boston College and one in each game of home series with Ohio State ... first goal of the season came on Nov. 6 at Alaska in a 3-2 Irish win ... recorded assists versus Bowling Green (Nov. 27), Michigan (Dec. 13) and North Dakota (Jan. 3) before being injured on Jan. 15 in 5-2 win at home against Michigan State ... suffered a knee injury that would sideline him for seven games ... returned to action on Feb. 19 at Bowling Green ... assisted on a goal in 5-3 win over Michigan (Feb. 27) ... had the final goal of his career in 8-2 loss at Ohio State in game two of CCHA playoffs ... had one goal in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Saw action in 38 of team's 40 games ... had career highs in every category - goals (9), assists (7), points (16), power-play goals (1), game winners (2) and shots (52) ... had 16 penalties for 32 minutes ... was +8 on the year ... had two multiple-point games on the season ... recorded first goal of the year in 3-0 win over Sacred Heart (Oct. 18) ... had career-best, four- game point streak (3g, 2a) and three-game goal streak (3g, 1a) between Nov. 14 and Nov. 22 ... scored one goal in each of the games of the Nov. 14-15 series versus Lake Superior State ... goal in 5-2 win on Nov. 15 was the game winner ... equaled a career high with two points (1g, 1a) in 5-1 win versus Bowling Green (Nov. 21) ... closed out streak with an assist in 9-1 victory over the Falcons to close series ... recorded assists versus Western Michigan (Nov. 29) and Bowling Green (Dec. 13) to close out first half of season ... set up a pair of goals by Garrett Regan in championship game of the Shillelagh Tournament to help Notre Dame to tourney title ... fifth goal of the season came at Lake Superior State (Jan. 16) and was the game winner in a 3-2 win over the Lakers ... went four games without a point before scoring first power-play goal of career in a 4-1 loss at Ohio State (Feb. 8) ... seventh goal of the year came on the road at Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 20) in 4-3 over- time victory ... closed the regular season with a goal in 5-0 shutout of Michigan State in the home finale on Feb. 27 ... scored his final goal of the sea- son in the CCHA championship game, a 5-2 win over Michigan ... in five postseason games had one goal and no assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 26 games, recording a pair of assists ... had 14 penalties resulting in 28 minutes ... was +2 on the season ... set up Justin White's goal at 9:20 of the second period versus Rensselaer in the championship game of the Rensselaer Holiday Tournament ... goal cut R.P.I. lead to 3-2 in game Irish would win 4-3 ... assisted on Christian Hanson goal in second period of CCHA third-place game against Northern Michigan ... goal gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead on the way to a 2-1 loss ... played in eight postseason games with one assist.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 21 games for the Irish, scoring one goal and adding five assists for six points ... picked up nine penalties for 18 minutes ... had 16 shots on goal and was +1 for the season ... sat out the first nine games of the sea- son, making his debut on Nov. 11 in 4-0 win over Bowling Green ... scored first collegiate goal at 9:04 of the first period, giving Notre Dame a 2-0 lead ... goal came in his first game on his first shot at the collegiate level ... first Irish player to do that since Tim Wallace `06 scored in his first game on the first shot at Minnesota-Duluth (Oct. 11, 2002) ... picked up his first assist the following week in 4-1 win over Ohio State ... had first multiple-point game of his career with two assists in 6-2 win at home ver- sus Alaska on Dec. 3 ... final assist of the season came in game one of CCHA quarterfinals against Alaska on March 9 ... in two postseason games had one assist for one point.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Peters Township High School in McMurray, Pa. ... played both baseball and hockey at Peters ... member of two Pennsylvania State hockey championship teams (`02 and `03) ... teammate of former Irish player Christian Hanson at Peters in `01-'02 ... was all-conference and all-city in `02-'03 ... member of Team Pittsburgh in his junior and senior year ... selected to play on high school all-star team (`02- '03) ... played junior hockey for the Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins and the Pittsburgh Hornets ... teammate of Hanson's with the Hornets in 2002- 03 ... played three seasons with the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers ... had seven goals and 11 assists in his rookie year (2003-04) ... in second season, helped Musketeers to second place in Western Division, scoring seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points ... served as team captain of the 2005-06 Sioux City team ... posted best numbers of his career with 24 goals (13th best in the USHL) and 14 assists for 38 points ... had eight power-play goals and four game winners ... closed out his career with four goals and one assist in his last two games with two of the goals being game winners ... full name is Michel Christiaan Minella ... son of Daniel and Melissa Minella ... born July 5, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio ... graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business.
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