Two members of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will enter this upcoming season with special recognition as seniors Zach Redmond (Traverse City) and Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) have been named to the 2010-11 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Preseason Conference Teams as announced by the league office this Tuesday (Sept. 28) afternoon.
Redmond was among six individuals to earn first-team recognition while Nagle achieved second-team accolades among the league's seventh annual preseason first, second, and honorable mention teams. The 2010-11 preseason teams were selected as a result of voting conducted among the 11 CCHA head coaches and the coaches weren't allowed to vote for their own players.
Redmond, a 2009-10 All-CCHA Second-Team pick, was selected to the CCHA Preseason All-Conference Team for the third consecutive season after attaining honorable mention laurels in the previous two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10). He placed fourth among Ferris State's 2009-10 scoring leaders with a career season-best 27 points on six goals and 21 assists, which tied career single-season highs, in 40 contests. The 6-2, 205-pound defenseman not only posted a plus five efficiency rating, but also recorded a team-high 67 blocked shots to go with five power-play goals and three game-winning lamplighters a season ago en route to garnering second-team kudos by MichiganCollegeHockey.com (MiCHO). Redmond, who earned CCHA Defenseman of the Week recognition three times (Oct. 26, Dec. 14, and Jan. 11) last season, chalked up a team fourth-most tying five multiple-point game performances and generated a squad third-most tying two multi-assist game efforts in 2009-10. The 2008-09 FSU Most Valuable Player Award recipient generated at least a point in 21 of the team's 40 2009-10 season outings.
A season ago, Redmond finished tied for 32nd place among the CCHA's overall points leaders and also in league games only. He completed the 2009-10 season tied for 21st in assists on the league's overall leaders list.
For his Bulldog career, Redmond has compiled 70 points on 15 goals with 55 assists in 115 contests. He was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 National Hockey League's (NHL) Entry Draft with the 184th overall pick.
Nagle posted a 12-10-3 record in goal with a 2.13 goals-against average (53 goals allowed) and a .923 saves percentage (636 saves) in 1,496 minutes of action last season. Nagle's 12 victories a season ago represented a career season high as did his goals-against average and saves percentage. The 6-3, 185-pound netminder totaled at least 30 saves in a game seven times last season. A starter in 24 of his 26 appearances a season ago, Nagle was chosen as the CCHA Reebok Goaltender of the Week on one occasion (Dec. 14) during the 2009-10 campaign. Nationally, Nagle placed sixth in save percentage, ninth in goals-against average, and 28th in goalie winning percentage (.540) among the final 2009-10 statistical leaders.
Nagle has accumulated a 27-28-6 career mark in 64 appearances to date while recording a 2.49 goals-against average (150 goals allowed) and a .913 saves percentage (1,566 saves) in over 3,608 minutes between the posts. He also has notched six shutouts and tallied six assists in his collegiate career to date.
The pair were key contributors in leading the 2009-10 team to a 21-13-6 overall record and a third-place 13-9-6-4 mark (49 league points) in the CCHA. The Bulldogs, under head coach Bob Daniels, also concluded the campaign ranked among the top 15 teams nationally in all three major collegiate hockey polls and led the nation in penalty-kill percentage (.884) while ranking sixth in scoring defense (2.30 gpg.) on a national scale.
Redmond and Nagle along with their 2010-11 teammates will step onto the ice this Saturday (Oct. 2) evening as the Bulldogs entertain the Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks in a 7:05 p.m. (EDT) exhibition contest at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.