at Canisius Golden Griffins
Friday & Saturday (Oct. 9-10) - 7:05 p.m. (EDT)
Buffalo State Sports Arena (1,800 capacity) - Buffalo, New York
The Opening Faceoff: The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will open its 2009-10 season and its 32nd season of NCAA Division I intercollegiate competition this weekend (Oct. 9-10) against the Canisius Golden Griffins in a two-game non-league series at Buffalo, N.Y.
2009-10 Bulldog Hockey Ticket Information: Tickets for all 2009-10 Bulldog home regular-season hockey games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com. Tickets are also available at all Meijer store locations in West Michigan and at the Student Services Office in the FSU Rankin Student Center.
Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast will be available for all 2009-10 FSU men's ice hockey home games through B2 Networks for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on B2 Networks icon). Live internet statistics will also be available for all Bulldog home contests.
The Records: Ferris State is presently 0-0-0 overall and 0-0-0-(0) in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) this season. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 home exhibition game decision to Wilfrid Laurier (Ontario) last Sunday (Oct. 4) at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State compiled a 12-19-7 overall record last season, which included a ninth-place 9-14-5-(2) CCHA ledger. The Bulldogs registered a 6-8-4 mark in away outings a season ago.
Canisius currently sports a 0-0-0 overall record and is 0-0-0 in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) this season. The Golden Griffins conducted their Blue and Gold Intrasquad Game this past Sunday (Oct. 4) at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Sports Arena. A season ago, Canisius compiled a 15-16-6 overall record with a 12-12-4 league mark. The Griffs' recorded a 9-10-3 ledger in road encounters for the 2008-09 campaign. Canisius was tabbed fifth in the 2009-10 AHA Preseason Coach's Poll with 53 points.
The Coaches: Ferris State - Bob Daniels (Michigan State, 1982), 18th season, 269-321-63 (.460) - (1-1-0 vs. Canisius - 0-0-0 Away, 1-1-0 Home, 0-0-0 Neutral). Daniels has the distinction of being the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State history. He was honored as the 2002-03 CCHA Coach of the Year and the Inside College Hockey (INCH) Coach of the Year, but the crowning highlight of his coaching career was being chosen as the recipient of the 2003 Spencer Penrose Award as the ACHA's Division I National Hockey Coach of the Year. He was among three finalists for the 2007-08 CCHA Coach of the Year Award.
Canisius: Dave Smith (Ohio State, 1992), 5th season, 45-82-17 (.372) - (1-1-0 vs. Ferris State). Smith became the Griffins' third head coach in April 2005 after serving the previous three seasons as an associate coach at Mercyhurst.
Scouting Canisius: The Griffs' return 22 letterwinners from last season's squad, which includes 87 percent of their scoring production and all three goaltenders. The top six points leaders from last season's squad return, highlighted by senior forward Jason Weeks (14-25=39, 36 GP) along with junior forward Cory Conacher (12-23=35, 37 GP) and senior forward Josh Heidinger (9-24=33, 34 GP). Senior Andrew Loewen (9-7-4, 2.81 GAA, .919sv%) and sophomore Dan Morrison (6-9-2, 2.97 GAA, .908sv%) return as CC's top goaltenders.
The All-Time Series: Ferris State and Canisius are tied at 1-1-0 in their all-time series which originated in the 2008-09 season. Canisius skated to a 5-2 victory over Ferris State in the 2008-09 season opener (10/10) before the Bulldogs turned the tables in the series finale (10/11) by tallying four power-play goals en route to a 5-2 decision.
CCHA Preseason Polls: Ferris State was picked to finish eighth in the 2009-10 CCHA Coaches Preseason Poll with 50 points. The Bulldogs received 314 points in the media poll to place ninth among the 12 conference teams. Points were awarded on a 12-11-10-9, etc., basis. League coaches ranked the CCHA teams, excluding their own school, in the order they predicted the regular season will end.
Season Openers: FSU is presently 9-18-3 (.350) all-time in season-opening encounters prior to this Friday's (10/10) opener at Canisius. The Bulldogs, who dropped a 5-2 home decision to Canisius in last season's opener (10/10), haven't won a season-opening outing since 2001 (10/12) when Ferris skated to a 5-2 triumph at Wayne State.
Road Openers: The Bulldogs are 8-19-3 (.317) in road openers dating back to the 1979-80 season, which includes a 3-6-0 mark in its last nine such outings. FSU suffered a 6-3 loss to Robert Morris in its road-opening tilt last season (10/17).
Returning Firepower: Ferris State returns 11 of its top 14 points leaders from the 2008-09 season, which includes three of the team's leading points producers. Overall, the Bulldogs return 71.1% (64-90) of their goal-scoring output and 72.4% (173-239) of their points production from last season.
Preseason Kudos: Junior defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City) has been named to the 2009-10 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. The preseason teams were selected by the league's 12 head coaches and coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own players. The 2008-09 FSU Most Valuable Player finished second among last season's team scoring leaders with a career season-best 24 points on three goals and a squad-high 21 assists in 38 contests. Redmond also earned honorable mention accolades on the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team.
Leading The Way: Senior right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) will serve as Ferris State's team captain for the second consecutive season. Chupp is now the 10th skater in FSU hockey history to don the captain's ‘C' on his jersey for at least two seasons. Chupp, who has amassed 65 career points on 26 goals and 39 assists in 109 games, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the program's Community Service Award. He also was a nominee for the 2009 Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award as college hockey's finest citizen and also earned finalist status for a 2009 National Student-Athlete Day Gian Steps Award in the Civic Leader category.
Well Deserved: Senior center Aaron Lewicki (Traverse City), a two-time (2007-08 and 2008-09) Ferris State CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year pick, was honored as the recipient of the FSU Athletics Department's Jimmy Swears Courage Award for the 2008-09 season. The award is presented to a deserving student-athlete who has used perseverance, dedication and determination to confronting a life-altering situation. Lewicki compiled a team third-most and career season-best 20 points on 10 goals and assists apiece in 37 2008-09 contests.
New Points System: The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced that a regulation time or overtime win will be worth three points in the league standings. A shootout win will be worth two points and a shootout loss one point. A loss in regulation or overtime will receive no points.
Moving Up The Charts: Junior goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) is 70 saves away from reaching the 1,000-saves plateau and would be the 15th netminder to reach the milestone in Bulldog hockey history. Nagle, who currently has 930 career stops in 38 appearances, is 237 saves shy of tying Dave Swierpel (1975-77; 1,167 career saves) for 14th place. A 2007-08 CCHA All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team selection, Nagle posted a 7-11-3 record with a 2.84 goals-against average (59 goals allowed) and a .909 save percentage (587 saves) as a starter in all 22 of his outings a season ago.
TV Exposure: Ferris State will making a combined three national and regional appearances on television this upcoming 2009-10 season. The Bulldogs will be showcased in both games of a home-and-home CCHA series against Michigan (Jan. 22-23) courtesy of CBS College Sports while FS Detroit Plus will air the FSU's home league matchup versus Northern Michigan on Feb. 6. Ferris Television will televise three home CCHA outings in the first half of the 2009-10 season - vs. Bowling Green State (11/6), Ohio State (11/20), and Nebraska-Omaha (12/4). Three more league tilts are tentatively slated to air in the second half of this season - Northern Michigan (2/5), Michigan State (2/19), and Western Michigan (2/26).
Bulldog Hockey Twitbook: All Ferris State Bulldog Hockey fans now can have access to additional information on the 2009-10 team via Twitter at twitter.com/FerrisHockey.
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics' official web site can be found at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com. The site features information on all of FSU's varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, yearbooks and more.