Big Rapids, Mich. - Defenseman Scott Czarnowczan (Macomb), who wrapped up his collegiate hockey career by leading Ferris State University to the NCAA Elite Eight this past season, has received an invitation to take part in the Detroit Red Wings' development camp starting later this week in Traverse City, Mich.
Czarnowczan is among the invitees to the annual summer prospect camp and one of eight defensemen announced by the National Hockey League's (NHL) Red Wings' late Monday. The camp will also feature a select group of players who are already the property of the Red Wings. A total of 44 players will be divided into two groups and work out once on the ice and once off the ice per day beginning at 9:45 a.m. (ET) Friday at Centre I.C.E. Arena.
The on-ice workouts will be at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday. There will be scrimmages at 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Tuesday. All practices and scrimmages are open to the public. Admission is $5 each day and tickets are available only at Centre I.C.E.
The Bulldog captain was recently recognized as a 2014 Senior CLASS All-America Second Team selection after helping lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Elite Eight and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Regular-Season Championship in his final campaign.
Czarnowczan earned second team All-WCHA honors as a senior for the Bulldogs this past season. 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. He played in 10 games this spring for Idaho, registering a pair of assists.
This year will mark the second-straight summer in which a current or former Ferris State player has skated in the Red Wings' Development camp as defensemen Jason Binkley and Simon Denis, who will both be seniors this coming season at FSU, received calls to participate in one of the scrimmage contests a year ago.