The Red Wings posted the following Tweet on Saturday morning…
And DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji spoke with DeKeyser about his decision to complete his college degree, a general studies major, after leaving Western Michigan University post-junior year:
It wasn’t like DeKeyser had to finish just a couple of classes either. He had some real work to do.
“I had about 35 credits or so. So I’ve been working on it for the last two years,” DeKeyser said. “I think I started in the middle of the summer in 2017 and I’ve taken just classes every semester since then. A few semesters I took two classes, but during the season I just did one class each semester.”
To complicate matters — in a very good way — DeKeyser’s wife, Melissa, gave birth to their first child, daughter McKinley Ann, at the end of February in 2018.
So that is why DeKeyser was doing so much schoolwork when the team was away.
“It was time-consuming but I did most of the work when we were on the road in the hotels and stuff,” DeKeyser said. “I tried to keep the family time the same way at home and then when we were gone I’d do most of the work. It worked out pretty good, I guess.”