The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan spoke with Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser regarding the process involved in DeKeyser earning his general studies degree from Western Michigan via an extended study program. DeKeyser tells Kulfan that the past three years’ worth of work were inspired by his family, his wife, and a teammate and coach:
DeKeyser credits Wings teammate Justin Abdelkader, who went back to completed his degree from Michigan State about three years ago, with getting DeKeyser kick-started.
“I remember talking to him about it and not long after that, I kind of started taking my classes again,” DeKeyser said. “Seeing him do it definitely pushed me to get mine finished up. We had both played three years (in college) and had a year left. That gave me motivation.”
DeKeyser also credited former assistant coach Tony Granato, who earned his degree from Wisconsin before taking over as the Badgers’ head coach in 2016.
“That was pretty cool, and I thought about if I would want to coach college hockey one day, or something like that, I would need to complete the degree, and now I have it,” DeKeyser said.
Much of DeKeyser’s family, and many of his friends, were in attendance his graduation day. DeKeyser is a native on Macomb.
“A big group that day, it was fun,” DeKeyser said. “We went to lunch afterward and headed back to the East Side (Macomb County) and had a graduation party the next day. The whole shebang.”