The Ferris State Bulldogs have been playing Division I hockey since the 1979-80 season. During that time, they've played in the NCAA tournament four times. The Bulldogs have been very successful in recent years. The Bulldogs won the WCHA conference tournament in 2016. They also defeated St. Cloud State in the first round of the NCAA tournament that year. The Bulldogs have long been known as a team that develops great talent. Through the decades, a dozen Ferris State alums have made it to the NHL. They include the long-tenured John Gruden, Dave Karpa and Chris Kunitz. More recently, Ferris State's teams have included players like physical forward Lucas Finner. Another Bulldog of note is play-making defenseman Jake Willets, who had over 20 points during his rookie season in 2019-20. Head Coach Bob Daniels is also a big part of the Bulldogs' team identity. He's been behind the bench for almost 30 years. Get your tickets to see the Ferris State Bulldogs live at StubHub.
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Where does the Ferris State Bulldogs hockey team play?
Ferris State plays their home games at Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena. This facility is named after the former President of Ferris State University between 1971 to 1984. Robert L. Ewigleben was a big supporter of the ice hockey program at the school, and during his tenure, the team made it to Division I. The arena has been in use for over 40 seasons total, but thanks to several renovations, it's still up-to-date. Improvements over the years have included the removal of bleacher seating and an expanded press box. Ewigleben Ice Arena can accommodate up to 2,490 fans.
What conference do the Ferris State Bulldogs play in?
The Ferris State Bulldogs play hockey in the WCHA. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association traces its origins to the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League, which was founded in 1951. As of the 2019-20 season, there were 10 teams in the WCHA. They include the University of Alaska Nanooks, the University of Alabama in Huntsville Chargers and the Bemidji State University Beavers. The WCHA is one of the most diverse and geographically large conferences in all of college sports. Over the years, WCHA teams have claimed the NCAA championship 37 times. The conference has also produced nearly 30 second-place finishers, including Ferris State. The WCHA also holds the record for Hobey Baker Award winners. With 16 total, they've produced more than any other conference.
Who is the head coach of the Ferris State Bulldogs?
Bob Daniels has been the head coach of the Ferris State Bulldogs since 1992. Prior to that, he was an assistant with the program from 1989 to 1992. Daniels has the most wins of any coach in Ferris State Bulldogs history, with over 400 victories. During his time with the Bulldogs, Daniels has coached 10 All-Americans. Bob Daniels' assistant coaches include Drew Famulak and Mark Kaufman.
Have the Ferris State Bulldogs ever won a national championship?
Ferris State's Bulldogs haven't won a national championship yet. They have made it to the championship game once, during the 2011-12 season. That year, they placed second to the Boston College Eagles. Since then, Ferris State has made it back to the NCAA tournament twice.
Do the Ferris State Bulldogs have any notable rivalries?
Ferris State has played in-conference rival Bowling Green more than any other opponent. These teams are usually evenly matched, and as of 2019-20, they have split the series, with each team winning half. These teams have a track record of hard-fought, physical gameplay.Back to Top