The 2011 Central Hockey League (CHL) All-Star Game will have representation from Ferris State University as former Bulldog men's ice hockey player Aaron Lewicki (Livonia) has been chosen to play in the midseason contest.
Lewicki, who skated for the Bulldogs from 2006-10, currently is a member of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and is among a group of three reserve players chosen to participate in the all-star game. Lewicki concluded his Ferris State career with 71 points on 35 goals and 36 assists in 148 games. The three-time Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Scholar-Athlete representative was selected as the 2009-10 recipient of the CCHA's Terry Flanagan Memorial Award for overcoming personal adversity and being active on the university campus and also in the surrounding community. He helped lead the Bulldogs to an appearance in the CCHA Championships for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
The 2011 CCHA All-Star Game will be held on January 12 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D. and will be available on CHL-TV for fans to watch.
Lewicki has been the Bees' offensive leader this season with 24 points on 12 goals and 12 assists apiece. The forward earned a spot on the all-star squad due to an injury suffered by teammate.
"Aaron is a great representative for our team and I'm happy for him," said Rio Grande Valley head coach Chris Brooks.
Besides Lewicki, two other former Bulldogs Chris Kunitz (Regina, Saskatchwan) and Derek Nesbitt (Egmondville, Ontario) also made headlines. Kunitz (1999-03) and Nesbitt (2001-05) were both members of Ferris State's 2002-03 CCHA Regular-Season Championship team and helped compile a school-record 31-10-1 overall mark. Kunitz, who stars for the National Hockey League's (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins, recorded his second career hat trick in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday (Jan. 5). The former FSU standout is a member of two Stanley Cup Championship teams - Anaheim in 2006-07 and Pittsburgh in 2008-09. A 2002-03 American Hockey Coaches (AHCA) All-America First-Team pick and the CCHA's Player of the Year, Kuntiz amassed 175 career points with 99 goals and 76 assists in 152 appearances as a Bulldog. He also was among the three finalists for the 2002-03 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top collegiate men's ice hockey player.
Nesbitt, who plays for the Peoria (Ill.) Rivermen in the American Hockey League (AHL), recently tallied four goals in a 7-4 win over the San Antonio Rampage Wednesday (Jan. 5) and finished the contest with a five-point game performance. The victory moved the Rivermen into sole possession of first place in the AHL standings. Nesbitt accumulated 142 career points on 59 goals and 83 assists in 154 outings at Ferris State.