Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey

Ferris State Bulldogs
Current season
Ferris State Bulldogs athletic logo
Conference WCHA
Division I Division
First season 1975–76
Head coach Bob Daniels
30th season, 462–538–107 (.466)
Captain(s) Nate Kallen
Alternate captain(s) Dominic Lutz
Arena Ewigleben Arena
Capacity: 2,490
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Big Rapids, Michigan
Colors Crimson and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
NCAA Tournament appearances
2003, 2012, 2014, 2016
Conference Tournament championships
Conference regular season championships
2002–03, 2011–12, 2013–14
Current uniform

The Ferris State Bulldogs men's ice hockey team is an NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents Ferris State University. The Bulldogs are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They play at Ewigleben Arena in Big Rapids, Michigan.[2]

They competed in the Great Lakes Invitational for the first time in 2014, finishing in 4th place out of four teams.


Ferris State's ice hockey program began in 1975 as a member of the NAIA and joined the CCHA as an affiliate member.[3] In the program's four seasons in the NAIA the team compiled an overall record of 58-40-1-.591, including three seasons above .700 winning percentage and a program best winning percentage of .795 in the 1976-77 season.[4] The program moved up to NCAA Division I status and became a full member of the CCHA in 1979. They joined the WCHA in 2013.[4]

Ferris State turned in its best season performance ever in the program's NCAA Division I history for the 2002-03 campaign with a school-best 31-10-1 overall record. The Ferris Bulldogs also claimed their first-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship title with a first-place 22-5-1 league mark. Ferris state received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament's and beat North Dakota 5-2 and advanced to the West Regional title game in their initial NCAA Tourney appearance, before losing a high scoring game to Minnesota 4-7.[5][6] FSU also earned the distinction of being the nation's first team to reach the 30-win plateau in 2002-03 and also competed in the CCHA Super Six Championship Tourney for the first time since 1993.[7]

Ferris State's starting lineup for a 2009-10 game against Michigan
Ferris State's Ewigleben Arena, June 2015

The 2011-12 was a historic season for the Ferris State ice hockey program. The Bulldogs began the season on a six-game win streak, their best start to a season since 1979-80 when The Bulldogs recorded an eight-game streak.[8] The team ended the regular season with their first CCHA Regular Season Championship since the program's first in 2002-03. The season was highlighted by a 14-game unbeaten streak from January 6, 2012 to February 25 in which the team recorded 11 wins and 4 ties.[9] The Bulldogs were also ranked first in the NCAA men's ice hockey poll for a two-week period in the season for the first time in school history.[10] After the team finished with the top record in the CCHA, the Bulldogs received a first round bye for the 2012 CCHA Tournament. Ferris State played Bowling Green in the second round, after the Falcons upset Northern Michigan. In the best-of-three series, the Falcons picked up a win in overtime in the opening game followed by goal outburst in the second game that saw Ferris State even the series with a 7-4 win.[11] In the final game of the series, Ferris State was unable to hold on to a three-goal lead as BGSU rallied back to force overtime. The Falcons scored in the extra period to win the CCHA quarterfinal series.[12] Despite the loss in the CCHA playoffs, the Bulldogs received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Ferris State defeated Denver and Cornell in the first two rounds of the tournament with a pair of 2-1 games.[13] In the program's first appearance in the Frozen Four, the Bulldogs defeated Union 3-1 and advanced to the championship game against Boston College.[14] Ferris State was unable to stop the Eagles' offense en route to BC's third title in five seasons. The team finished with a record of 26-12-5.[15]

Season-by-season results



The team has been coached by Bob Daniels since 1992. Daniels is a two-time recipient of the Spencer Penrose Award, awarded by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the NCAA men's ice hockey coach of the year, having won the award in 2003 and 2012.[17] In 2012, he was also named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association coach of the year after he led the Bulldogs to their first appearance in the Frozen Four and NCAA championship game.[18] Daniels is the longest tenured coach of the Bulldogs and is the only coach in program history to record over 300 wins.[19]

As of completion of 2020–21 season[4][7]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1992–present Bob Daniels 29 462–538–107 .466
1990–1991 Bob Mancini 2 36–32–12 .525
1986–1990 John Perpich 4 54–92–17 .383
1985–1986 Peter Esdale† 1† 6–9–1 .406
1982–1986 Dick Bertrand 4 56–74–9 .435
1975–1982 Rick Duffett 7 119–83–7 .586
Totals 6 coaches 46 seasons 733–828–153 .472

† Esdale replaced Bertrand in January of 1986.

Awards and honors


AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans


First Team All-CCHA

Second Team All-CCHA

CCHA All-Rookie Team

  • 1990–91: Pat Mazzoli, G
  • 1993–94: Andy Roach, D
  • 1994–95: Jason Blake, F
  • 1997–98: Kevin Swider, F
  • 2001–02: Mike Brown, G; Matt York, D
  • 2005–06: Dan Riedel, F


First Team All-WCHA

  • 2013–14: C. J. Motte, G
  • 2016–17: Gerald Mayhew, F
  • 2018–19: Cooper Zech, D

Second Team All-WCHA

  • 2013–14: Scott Czarnowczan, D; Garrett Thompson, F
  • 2015–16: Gerald Mayhew, F

Third Team All-WCHA

  • 2013–14: Jason Binkley, D
  • 2014–15: C. J. Motte, G
  • 2015–16: Brandon Anselmini, D
  • 2016–17: Justin Kapelmaster, G
  • 2017–18: Ryker Killins, D

WCHA All-Rookie Team

  • 2013–14: Kyle Schempp, F
  • 2015–16: Corey Mackin, F
  • 2018–19: Cooper Zech, D
  • 2019–20: Jake Willets, D



This is a list of Ferris State alumni who played on an Olympic team.

Name Position Ferris State Tenure Team Year Finish
Bob Nardella Defense 1988–1991 Italy Italy 1998, 2006 12th, 11th
Norm Krumpschmid Center 1988–1992 Austria Austria 1998 14th
Jason Blake Center 1994–1995 United States USA 2006 8th
Chris Kunitz Left Wing 1999–2003 Canada Canada 2014  Gold
Chad Billins Defenseman 2008–2012 United States USA 2018 7th

Statistical leaders

Career points leaders


Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Paul Lowden 1983–1987 158 101 107 208
Jim Baker 1978–1982 137 82 123 205
John DePourcq 1987–1991 145 73 130 203
Peter Lowden 1983–1987 158 74 125 199
Rod Schluter 1984–1989 164 93 96 189
Paul Cook 1979–1983 139 76 99 175
Chris Kunitz 1999–2003 152 99 76 175
Perry Zoldak 1976–1981 124 60 112 172
Jeff Legue 2001–2005 152 67 90 157
Randy Strong 1978–1982 136 69 83 152

Career goaltending leaders

Source:[22] GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 30 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
C. J. Motte 2011–2015 127 7679 66 49 12 272 15 .926 2.13
Phil Osaer 1998–2001 59 3198 24 22 6 116 2 .916 2.18
Pat Nagle 2007–2011 101 5801 45 42 11 224 5 .916 2.32
Taylor Nelson 2008–2012 70 4031 35 20 10 157 4 .917 2.34
Mitch O'Keefe 2005–2008 86 5074 31 39 15 227 6 .903 2.68

Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.

Ferris State Athletic Hall of Fame

The following is a list of people associated with the Ferris State men's ice hockey program who were elected into the Ferris State Athletic Hall of Fame (induction date in parenthesis).[23]

  • Ferris Bueller (2000)
  • Jim Baker (2002)
  • John DePourcq (2002)
  • Paul Lowden (2003)
  • Jim File (2004)
  • Peter Lowden (2004)
  • Randy Merrifield (2005)
  • John Gruden (2007)
  • Andy Roach (2009)

Current roster

As of September 11, 2020.[24]

Bulldogs in the NHL


= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[26] = NHL All-Star[26] and NHL All-Star Team

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