The Ferris State University men's ice hockey program will pay tribute to its six senior student-athletes on the nationally 14th-ranked2009-10 team this Friday (Feb. 26) evening in a special ceremony prior to the Bulldogs' regular-season home finale contest against the Western Michigan Broncos at Big Rapids, Mich.
A 7:05 p.m. (EST) opening faceoff is scheduled for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) weekend home-and-home series opener at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.
In an annual pre-game ceremony, the Ferris State hockey program and its fans will acknowledge these six seniors - right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids), left wing Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia), center Casey Haines (Indiana, Pa.), right wing Aaron Lewicki (Livonia), defenseman Matt Case (Plymouth, Minn.), and goaltender Jordan Barber (Caledonia).
Cody Chupp, a two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) team captain, has registered a team fourth-best 24 points on seven goals with 17 assists in 29 contests this season. In 138 career outings, Chupp has produced 89 points with 33 goals and 56 assists to go along with seven game-winning lamplighters and 15 power-play markers. He presently ranks tied for 36th place among Ferris State's all-time leaders in points and is tied for 39th place in career assists. Chupp was the inaugural recipient of the program's Community Service Award a season ago after earning both the Lloyd Earl Trophy as the team's leading scorer and the Blue Line Competitive Award as the squad's top competitor in the 2007-08 campaign. He was honored as the 2006-07 Bulldog Rookie of the Year and is presently among 10 national finalists vying for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Athlete Award in men's ice hockey.
Blair Riley currently leads Ferris State in scoring this season with a career season-high 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists, which are also career bests, in 34 outings. Riley, a candidate for the 2009-10 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top player, was tabbed as the CCHA RBC Financial Group Player of the Month for November 2009 while also garnering CCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 23) and Inside College Hockey.com Player of the Week (Nov. 23) accolades. For his career, Riley has tallied 41 goals and assists apiece for 82 points in 141 career appearances. The FSU forward, who has scored 15 career power-play goals, two short-handed tallies, and four game winners, presently is in a 30th-place tie on FSU's career goal-scoring leaders list. He was named a co-recipient of FSU's Steve Banonis Memorial Most Improved Player Award following the 2007-08 season.
Casey Haines is midst his most productive campaign at Ferris State this season with career highs in points (26), goals (nine), assists (17), and game-winning goals (four) in 34 contests. He presently ranks second among the 2009-10 Bulldog scoring leaders while his assists total ties for the second-highest output on the squad. Haines, who was a co-winner of the 2008-09 team's Steve Banonis Memorial Most Improved Player Award, has accumulated 55 career points as a result of 22 lamplighters and 33 helpers in 136 games to date.
Aaron Lewicki is also making the most of his senior year this season with a career-high tying and team fifth-most 20 points on 10 goals and assists each in 34 games. Lewicki has presently generated 68 career points with 33 goals and 35 assists in 142 encounters. A standout student, Lewicki has been selected as Ferris State's CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative the past two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) while also being a two-time (2007-08 and 2008-09) recipient of the Bulldog hockey team's Scholar-Athlete Award. He was bestowed with the FSU Athletics Departments' Jimmy Swears Courage Award for the 2008-09 season as a result of his perservance, dedication, and determination in overcoming a life-altering situation.
Matt Case has netted four goals to go with 12 assists for 16 points in 34 contests this season as all of those offensive season totals represent career highs. The 2008-09 FSU Blue Line Club Competitive Award honoree as the team's top competitor, Case has amassed 46 points on 10 goals and 36 assists in 138 contests and is only two more appearances shy of tying for 13th place among FSU's defensemen in career games played. He was a co-winner of the Blue Line Competitive Award as a freshman in the 2006-07 campaign.
Jordan Barber, a three-year letterwinner, stopped all six shots on goal in one period in his lone career appearance of this season.
These six senior student-athletes have played a key role this 2009-10 season in leading Ferris State to a 19-11-4 overall record and a current second-place 13-9-4-3 mark in the CCHA. The group has compiled a combined 63-68-19 mark to date in their respective career at Ferris State.