September 29, 2011

Hockey’s “Drop The Puck Night” Tonight

Big Rapids, Mich. - The fourth annual preseason "Drop The Puck Night" highlighting the 2011-12 season for both the Ferris State University men's ice hockey and Big Rapids High School hockey teams will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6-8 p.m. (EDT) at the Falcon Head Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.

The event is being presented by the FSU Blueline Club. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under, which includes dinner and beverage.

The "Drop The Puck Night" event will feature upcoming season previews from Bulldog hockey head coach Bob Daniels and Big Rapids varsity hockey head coach Tim Blashill. Selected student-athletes on the 2011-12 Bulldog hockey team will also speak and provide their insight for the upcoming campaign.

"I would like to invite all Bulldog and Cardinal hockey fans to attend," said Daniels, who will enter his 20th year at Ferris State this 2011-12 season and is the program's all-time winningest coach. "This fun-filled event provides a special opportunity to reach out to more hockey fans in the surrounding areas while also giving hockey fans a chance to interact with one another and our student-athletes".

Tickets for the event may be purchased at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office, which is located in the lobby arena of the Ewigleben Ice Arena, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT). For those fans wishing to attend who live outside the Big Rapids area, please reserve your seat by calling (231) 591-2888. Tickets then can be paid for and picked up at the door on the evening of the event.

Ferris State will open its 34th season of intercollegiate competition at the NCAA Division I level on Sunday, Oct. 2, with an exhibition contest versus the University of Toronto in Big Rapids. The puck will drop at 3:05 p.m. (EDT) for the contest at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena. The Bulldogs embark on regular season play the following weekend, Oct. 7-8, as Ferris State will travel to St. Lawrence for a two-game non-league series in Canton, N.Y.  FSU's home-opening series will be held Oct. 14-15, as the Bulldogs take on RPI with a pair of games, both with 7:05 p.m. (EDT) start times.

Ferris State finished the 2010-11 campaign at 18-16-5 overall with a fifth-place 12-12-4-3 CCHA ledger (43 league points).  The Bulldogs were ranked among the nation's top 20 teams for the majority of the 2010-11 season.

Single-game tickets for all 2011-12 Bulldog Hockey regular-season home games will go on sale Sept. 26 and can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. Single-game tickets will also be available online at www.startickets.com or by calling Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737.

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