Ferris State's Travis Ouellette Inks With ECHL's Bakersfield Condors
Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University men's ice hockey player Travis Ouellette, who concluded his Bulldog career last spring, has joined the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors.
Ouellette, 24, agreed to terms with the Condors this past week following a four-year career with the Bulldogs. He posted his best season in 2012-13 when he finished second on the team in scoring with 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists in 35 games.
As a junior in 2011-12, the Windsor, Ontario, native helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in school history as FSU reached the National Championship Game. The 5-9 center played 147 games with 37 goals and 45 assists for 82 points as a collegiate player at Ferris State.
This summer, Ouellette also played for the Adelaide Adrenaline in the Australian Ice Hockey League, scoring 13 goals and assisting on 11 for 24 points in just 12 games.
"When I talked with the coaching staff, I got a really good feeling about coming to Bakersfield," Ouellette said. "I consider myself a playmaking, two-way center, and I hope to produce offensively."
The Condors are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers. Ouellette joined defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer and forward Greg Burgdoerfer in agreeing to terms as the Condors increased their roster to 12 signed players for the 2013-14 campaign.
"Travis was a consistent player in his college career who we expect to play in different situations for us this coming season," said Bakersfield head coach Troy Mann.
Ouellette is the fourth Bulldog senior from the 2012-13 team to ink a professional contract in either the ECHL or the American Hockey League (AHL) since the conclusion of last season's campaign. Former teammate Eric Alexander signed last spring with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays while forward Matthew Kirzinger inked with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps and team captain Kyle Bonis was picked up by the Norfolk Admirals as all three concluded the 2012-13 season in the professional ranks.
Together, the four helped the Bulldogs earn a first-round tournament bye for the fourth consecutive year in 2012-13 as FSU wrapped up Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play as one of only two schools to accomplish the feat in the final four years of the league.
Their senior campaigns came on the heels of a historic 2011-12 season in which Ferris State received its first-ever number one national ranking, won the CCHA regular-season championship, claimed the NCAA Midwest Regional crown and advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.