The success achieved by the nationally-ranked 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has not only occurred on the ice during this current season, but also in the classroom.
The 2009-10 team registered a combined grade point average of 3.46 for the 2009 fall semester. Furthermore, 24 of the 26 student-athletes on the squad recorded above a 3.00 grade point average.
"I'm extremely proud of the accomplishments which this team has displayed on the ice but also equally proud of our student-athlete's accomplishments in the classroom and in the community," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "While the success achieved this season will become a memory for our guys in the future, the success they've earned in the classroom will be of benefit to them the rest of their lives.
"I would like to commend the efforts of our coaching staff, Drew (Famulak) and Mark (Kaufman), for recruiting these quality student-athletes. Our success, in part, is the result of us being able to spend more time coaching instead of having to focus our attention on their academics," added Daniels.
On the ice, Ferris State has compiled a 17-7-2 overall with a third-place 11-5-2-2 mark in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The Bulldogs' overall record to date this season presently represents the third best in the program's history, trailing only the 1979-80 team (20-6-0) and the record-setting 2002-03 squad (18-7-1 record).
The Bulldogs are currently ranked 10th nationally in both the U.S. College Hockey Online.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. FSU, which has won 10 of its last 14 outings, is listed 12th by Inside College Hockey.com.