Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey

Summary

The Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey team is an NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Ferris State University. The Bulldogs are a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). They play at Ewigleben Arena in Big Rapids, Michigan.[2]

Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey
Current season
Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey athletic logo
ConferenceCCHA
Division I Division
First season1975–76
Head coachBob Daniels
30th season, 462–538–107 (.466)
Captain(s)Nate Kallen
Alternate captain(s)Dominic Lutz
ArenaEwigleben Arena
Capacity: 2,490
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationBig Rapids, Michigan
ColorsCrimson and gold[1]
   
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2012
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2012
NCAA Tournament appearances
2003, 2012, 2014, 2016
Conference Tournament championships
2016
Conference regular season championships
2002–03, 2011–12, 2013–14
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-FSU.png

HistoryEdit

Ferris State's ice hockey program began in 1975 as a member of the NAIA and joined the CCHA as an affiliate member.[3] In the program's four seasons in the NAIA the team compiled an overall record of 58-40-1-.591, including three seasons above .700 winning percentage and a program best winning percentage of .795 in the 1976–77 season.[4] The program moved up to NCAA Division I status and became a full member of the CCHA in 1979. They joined the WCHA in 2013 [4] before returning to the CCHA prior to the 2021–22 season.[5]

 
Ferris State Hockey's Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Ferris State turned in its best season performance ever in the program's NCAA Division I history for the 2002-03 campaign with a school-best 31-10-1 overall record. The Ferris Bulldogs also claimed their first-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship title with a first-place 22-5-1 league mark. Ferris state received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament's and beat North Dakota 5-2 and advanced to the West Regional title game in their initial NCAA Tourney appearance, before losing a high scoring game to Minnesota 4–7.[6][7] FSU also earned the distinction of being the nation's first team to reach the 30-win plateau in 2002-03 and also competed in the CCHA Super Six Championship Tourney for the first time since 1993.[8]

 
Ferris State's starting lineup for a 2009–10 game against Michigan
 
Ferris State's Ewigleben Arena, June 2015

The 2011–12 season was historic for the Ferris State ice hockey program. The Bulldogs began the season on a six-game win streak, their best start to a season since 1979-80 when The Bulldogs recorded an eight-game streak.[9] The team ended the regular season with their first CCHA Regular Season Championship since the program's first in 2002–03. The season was highlighted by a 14-game unbeaten streak from January 6, 2012, to February 25 in which the team recorded 11 wins and 4 ties.[10] The Bulldogs were also ranked first in the NCAA men's ice hockey poll for a two-week period in the season for the first time in school history.[11] After the team finished with the top record in the CCHA, the Bulldogs received a first round bye for the 2012 CCHA Tournament. Ferris State played Bowling Green in the second round, after the Falcons upset Northern Michigan. In the best-of-three series, the Falcons picked up a win in overtime in the opening game followed by goal outburst in the second game that saw Ferris State even the series with a 7–4 win.[12] In the final game of the series, Ferris State was unable to hold on to a three-goal lead as BGSU rallied back to force overtime. The Falcons scored in the extra period to win the CCHA quarterfinal series.[13] Despite the loss in the CCHA playoffs, the Bulldogs received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Ferris State defeated Denver and Cornell in the first two rounds of the tournament with a pair of 2-1 games.[14] In the program's first appearance in the Frozen Four, the Bulldogs defeated Union 3-1 and advanced to the championship game against Boston College.[15] Ferris State was unable to stop the Eagles' offense en route to BC's third title in five seasons. The team finished with a record of 26-12-5.[16]

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Source:[17]

CoachesEdit

The team has been coached by Bob Daniels since 1992. Daniels is a two-time recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award, awarded by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the NCAA men's ice hockey coach of the year, having won the award in 2003 and 2012.[18] In 2012, he was also named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association coach of the year after he led the Bulldogs to their first appearance in the Frozen Four and NCAA championship game.[19] Daniels is the longest tenured coach of the Bulldogs and is the only coach in program history to record over 300 wins.[20]

As of completion of 2020–21 season[4][8]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1992–present Bob Daniels 29 462–538–107 .466
1990–1991 Bob Mancini 2 36–32–12 .525
1986–1990 John Perpich 4 54–92–17 .383
1986 Peter Esdale 1† 6–9–1 .406
1982–1986 Dick Bertrand 4 56–74–9 .435
1975–1982 Rick Duffett 7 119–83–7 .586
Totals 6 coaches 46 seasons 733–828–153 .472

† Esdale replaced Bertrand in January 1986.

Awards and honorsEdit

NCAAEdit

AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans


WCHAEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

All-WCHAEdit

First Team All-WCHA

  • 2013–14: C. J. Motte, G
  • 2016–17: Gerald Mayhew, F
  • 2018–19: Cooper Zech, D

Second Team All-WCHA

  • 2013–14: Scott Czarnowczan, D; Garrett Thompson, F
  • 2015–16: Gerald Mayhew, F

Third Team All-WCHA

  • 2013–14: Jason Binkley, D
  • 2014–15: C. J. Motte, G
  • 2015–16: Brandon Anselmini, D
  • 2016–17: Justin Kapelmaster, G
  • 2017–18: Ryker Killins, D

WCHA All-Rookie Team

  • 2013–14: Kyle Schempp, F
  • 2015–16: Corey Mackin, F
  • 2018–19: Cooper Zech, D
  • 2019–20: Jake Willets, D


CCHAEdit

Individual AwardsEdit

All-CCHAEdit

First Team All-CCHA

Second Team All-CCHA

CCHA All-Rookie Team

  • 1990–91: Pat Mazzoli, G
  • 1993–94: Andy Roach, D
  • 1994–95: Jason Blake, F
  • 1997–98: Kevin Swider, F
  • 2001–02: Mike Brown, G; Matt York, D
  • 2005–06: Dan Riedel, F
  • 2021–22: Bradley Marek, F

OlympiansEdit

Source:[21]

This is a list of Ferris State alumni who played on an Olympic team.

Name Position Ferris State Tenure Team Year Finish
Bob Nardella Defense 1988–1991   Italy 1998, 2006 12th, 11th
Norm Krumpschmid Center 1988–1992   Austria 1998 14th
Jason Blake Center 1994–1995   USA 2006 8th
Chris Kunitz Left Wing 1999–2003   Canada 2014   Gold
Chad Billins Defenseman 2008–2012   USA 2018 7th
Pat Nagle Goaltender 2007–2011   USA 2022 5th

Statistical leadersEdit

Career points leadersEdit

Source:[22]

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Paul Lowden 1983–1987 158 101 107 208
Jim Baker 1978–1982 137 82 123 205
John DePourcq 1987–1991 145 73 130 203
Peter Lowden 1983–1987 158 74 125 199
Rod Schluter 1984–1989 164 93 96 189
Paul Cook 1979–1983 139 76 99 175
Chris Kunitz 1999–2003 152 99 76 175
Perry Zoldak 1976–1981 124 60 112 172
Jeff Legue 2001–2005 152 67 90 157
Randy Strong 1978–1982 136 69 83 152

Career goaltending leadersEdit

Source:[23]GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 30 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
C. J. Motte 2011–2015 127 7679 66 49 12 272 15 .926 2.13
Phil Osaer 1998–2001 59 3198 24 22 6 116 2 .916 2.18
Pat Nagle 2007–2011 101 5801 45 42 11 224 5 .916 2.32
Taylor Nelson 2008–2012 70 4031 35 20 10 157 4 .917 2.34
Mitch O'Keefe 2005–2008 86 5074 31 39 15 227 6 .903 2.68

Statistics current through the start of the 2018–19 season.

Ferris State Athletic Hall of FameEdit

The following is a list of people associated with the Ferris State men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Ferris State Athletic Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[24]

  • Jim Baker (2002)
  • John DePourcq (2002)
  • Paul Lowden (2003)
  • Jim File (2004)
  • Peter Lowden (2004)
  • Randy Merrifield (2005)
  • John Gruden (2007)
  • Andy Roach (2009)

Current rosterEdit

As of September 21, 2021.[25]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1   Logan Stein Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 2001-04-26 Suwanee, Georgia Waterloo (USHL)
2   Brendon Michaelian Senior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1997-12-07 Wixom, Michigan Robert Morris (AHA)
3   Ben Schultheis Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 2000-02-17 Mount Juliet, Tennessee Dubuque (USHL)
4   Drew Cooper Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 2000-08-28 Ann Arbor, Michigan Coquitlam (BCHL)
5   Nico DeVita Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 2001-05-24 Bellevue, Washington Aberdeen (NAHL)
6   Blake Evennou Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-07-09 Macomb, Michigan Lone Star (WCHA)
7   Connor Fedorek Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 1999-03-27 Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Odessa (CCHL)
8   Austin McCarthy Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-03-01 Ludington, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
9   Nick Nardecchia Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 2001-01-01 Macomb, Michigan Lincoln (USHL)
10   Bradley Marek Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 2000-11-13 Big Rapids, Michigan Muskegon (USHL)
11   Jacob Dirks Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1999-09-15 Mindoro, Wisconsin Chippewa (NAHL)
12   Dallas Tulik Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1998-06-23 Kalamazoo, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
13   Mitch Deelstra Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1999-07-15 Wallace, Ontario Alberni Valley (BCHL)
15   Jake Transit Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1999-02-26 Royal Oak, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
16   Justin Michaelian Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1997-12-07 Wixom, Michigan Victoria (BCHL)
17   Marshall Moise Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1997-10-11 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Youngstown (USHL)
18   Kaleb Ergang Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 166 lb (75 kg) 2000-12-31 Spruce Grove, Alberta Whitecourt (AJHL)
19   Štěpán Pokorný Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2000-06-08 Kolín, Czech Republic Madison (USHL)
20   Liam MacDougall (C) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1997-12-18 Windsor, Ontario LaSalle (GOJHL)
21   Jason Brancheau Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-08-15 Ecorse, Michigan Amarillo (NAHL)
22   Luke Farthing Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1999-04-21 Stoutsville, Ohio Chippewa (NAHL)
23   Antonio Venuto Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 2000-02-26 Whitmore Lake, Michigan Dubuque (USHL)
24   Brenden MacLaren Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1998-11-30 Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Fairbanks (NAHL)
25   Zach Faremouth Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 2000-01-04 Jackson, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
26   Sam Skinner Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2001-03-31 Schoolcraft, Michigan Minot (NAHL)
27   Cade Kowalski Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1999-06-15 Morden, Manitoba Flin Flon (SJHL)
28   Brenden Rons Junior D 6' 6" (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1998-03-03 Farmington Hills, Michigan Topeka (NAHL)
29   Ethan Stewart Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1997-02-10 Rockford, Illinois Springfield (NAHL)
30   Roni Salmenkangas Senior G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1999-03-28 Tampere, Finland HPK U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)
33   Carter McPhail Junior G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-12-04 Fenton, Michigan Johnstown (NAHL)
34   Nick Grimaldi Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-06-26 Plymouth, Michigan Odessa (NAHL)

Bulldogs in the NHLEdit

Source:[26]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[27] = NHL All-Star[27] and NHL All-Star Team