Ferris State University men's ice hockey senior forward Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has been selected as the 2009-10 season recipient of the Terry Flanagan Memorial Award as announced by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) as its annual awards banquet this Thursday (March 18) evening at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit, Mich.
The Terry Flanagan Memorial Award is given annually to an upperclassman that has overcome some type of personal adversity and is active on the university campus and surrounding community. It is named for the Bowling Green assistant coach who passed away in December 1991 after a battle with cancer. The recipient is chosen by a committee comprised of league athletics directors and faculty athletics representatives.
Lewicki was born with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) which has limited his ability to participate and prepare at a high level in practice and weightlifting situations. In 2007, Lewicki's mother (Sue) passed away just a couple of weeks before reporting to fall camp for his upcoming 2007-08 sophomore season at Ferris State.
Recently, Lewicki was designated as Ferris State's 2009-10 CCHA Scholar-Athlete representative for the third straight season (2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10). The FSU right wing also has been chosen as the Bulldog hockey team's Scholar-Athlete Award winner the past two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09).
This past season (2008-09), Lewicki was bestowed with the Ferris State Athletics Department's Jimmy Swears Courage Award. The honor is presented to a deserving student or current personnel with the Bulldog Athletics program who, when confronted with a life-altering situation, has used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome the odds.
Lewicki is presently midst his most productive season at Ferris State with career highs to date in points (23), goals (12), assists (11), plus/minus efficiency (+3), and power-play lamplighters (seven). The 6-0, 196-pound forward's 23 points in 38 contests this 2009-10 campaign is fifth most of the team while his five multiple-point game performances rank tied for fourth best among the squad's leaders. He has played an integral role in leading nationally eighth-ranked Ferris State to a current 21-11-6 overall record and its first appearance in the CCHA Championships since the 2002-03 campaign.
For his career, Lewicki has currently amassed 71 points on 35 goals with 36 assists in 146 outings. He has registered nine power-play markers, one short-handed tally, and six game-winning goals during his Bulldog career.