Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior captain Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb) of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey program was recently recognized as a 2014 Senior CLASS All-America Second Team selection after helping lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Elite Eight this past campaign.
Previously, Czarnowczan was tabbed as a national finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I men's hockey coaches, national hockey media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men's hockey. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, community, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A total of 10 student-athletes from ice hockey programs across the country were recognized as Senior CLASS All-Americans, which five attaining first-team recognition and five others chosen to the second team.
This past season marked the third consecutive year and fourth time in the last five years in which FSU has had a finalist for the national award as Czarnowczan joined previous captains Chad Billins (2012) and Kyle Bonis (2013). Another former Bulldog, Cody Chupp, was a finalist in 2010 with ex-Bulldog standout Zach Redmond among the initial nominees in 2011.
Czarnowczan earned second team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) honors in his final campaign. He produced 25 points on six goals and 19 assists for the Bulldogs, who reached the regional title game this campaign only two years after advancing to the national championship game at the NCAA Frozen Four during his sophomore season. He notched a team-leading three game-winning goals in 2013-14 as the Bulldogs won the WCHA's regular-season championship in their debut campaign.
As a collegian, Czarnowczan's play helped the Bulldogs win two conference regular-season titles, becoming only the third program ever to claim both WCHA and Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) crowns. FSU captured this year's WCHA Regular-Season title and was also the WCHA Five Five Championship runner-up this season before winning their NCAA Tournament opener and moving within a game of the Frozen Four once again.
Czarnowczan was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and finished his career with nine goals and 54 assists for 63 total points in 141 collegiate contests.
This season, his play helped the Bulldogs produce a 29-11-3 overall record. Ferris State's 29 total wins this season represented the second-most seasonal victories in school history and this year's five-member senior class, which included Czarnowczan, compiled the most wins (89) of any four-year class in school history.
Following his collegiate campaign, Czarnowczan later made his professional hockey debut this spring with the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Idaho Steelheads, joining a pair of other Bulldog senior class members to ink professional contracts after the memorable season.