Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) of the nationally-ranked 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will officially begin his professional playing career after signing an ATO (amateur tryout agreement) with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) this Friday (March 26) in a release issued by the Texas Stars organization.
Chupp placed third among Ferris State's leading scorers this 2009-10 season with a career season-high tying 30 points on nine goals and a single-season best 21 assists in 35 contests as the Bulldogs posted a 21-13-6 overall record. The two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) team captain recorded a team-best plus 13 efficiency rating to go with five power-play lamplighters, one game-winning marker, and one game-tying goal. The 6-1, 192-pound right wing's 30 points matched his career season-high 30 points (11-19=30) established in 39 outings for the 2007-08 campaign.
In 144 career games, Chupp accumulated 95 points with 35 goals and 60 assists. He produced 15 power-play goals, two short-handed tallies, seven game winners, and a plus 30 efficiency rating during his four-year (2006-10) Ferris State career. Chupp is presently listed tied for 33rd place on FSU's all-time leaders list in assists, 35th in points, and tied for 42nd place in goals scored.
Chupp is the newest Stars' addition and represents the second Ferris State skater currently on the 2009-10 team's roster. Chupp will now join former Bulldog forward Greg Rallo (2002-06), who's in his first season with the club after playing the previous two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) with the AHL's Manitoba Moose. Rallo was a member of the FSU's record-setting 2002-03 team which went 31-10-1 overall and were crowned as the program's first-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season champions.
Texas has presently compiled a second-place 40-24-3-4 record (87 points) in the AHL's West Division and is under the direction of first-year head coach Glen Gulutzan. Texas is an affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars.
Ferris State's 21 victories this season tied for the fourth most in the program's history. FSU, which made its first CCHA Championships appearance last weekend (March 19-20) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., since 2002-03, finished 13th nationally in U.S. College Hockey Online.com's final poll for the 2009-10 season.