Ferris State Hockey To Have Increased TV Exposure This Season

Ferris State Hockey To Have Increased TV Exposure This Season

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, which reached the national championship game a year ago and won the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season crown, will have increased regular-season television exposure this season.

The CCHA today unveiled its regional and national television schedule for its 42nd and final season of college hockey.  The Bulldogs will be featured at least six times this season, including contests on three different networks.

The preseason nationally 14th-ranked Bulldogs' televised contests include games on Fox Sports Detroit, Comcast and CBS College Sports Network.  The slate is highlighted by a Feb. 16 home game versus Bowling Green State at the Ewigleben Ice Arena, which will be part of Fox Sports Detroit's "Hockey Day In Michigan" coverage.

FSU's other televised contests include games on Dec. 15 at Michigan State (Comcast), Jan. 18 at MSU (FSD), Jan. 25 at Notre Dame (CBS) along with March 1 at Michigan (CBS) and March 2 at Michigan (FSD).  A majority of FSU home contests will also be televised locally by Ferris Television and carried live on the Bulldog Sports Network at FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with tape-delay coverage locally via Charter Cable.

With the release of the CCHA television package, game times have also been altered for three FSU contests in 2012-13.  The Feb. 16 home game versus BGSU will now begin at 5:05 p.m. (ET).  Additionally, the Dec. 15 game at MSU is also slated for a 5:05 p.m. (ET) start with the Jan. 18 contest at Munn Ice Arena scheduled for 7:35 p.m. (ET).

The CCHA's 2012-13 television release includes games on FOX Sports Detroit, Comcast Television, CBS Sports Network, Big Ten Network (BTN) and NBC Sports that will feature 10 CCHA teams in action. Altogether, 55 games involving CCHA teams will be televised, including 45 conference regular-season and playoff contests.

FOX Sports Detroit celebrates its 16th season of televising CCHA hockey during the 2012-13 campaign with a slate of eight regular-season games including The Hockey City Classic between Miami and Notre Dame to be held outdoors at Soldier Field in Chicago, home of football's Chicago Bears, on Feb. 17, 2013. FSD will also be airing all four contests of the Great Lakes Invitational, being held outdoors as a part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park, home of baseball's Detroit Tigers. The FSD lineup also includes a second round campus-site playoff contest and all the drama from the CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena on March 23-24. The network's first conference game on Jan. 12 will feature Alaska traveling to Michigan, followed by a Jan. 18 matchup of Michigan State playing host to 2012 Frozen Four national runner up Ferris State.

Nine of the CCHA's 11 teams will appear in regular-season action on FOX Sports Detroit, including four during the seventh annual Hockey Day in Michigan on Sat., Feb. 16. Bowling Green will visit Ferris State in the first game at 5:05 p.m., followed by Northern Michigan at Michigan State at 7:35 p.m. The CCHA Live studio show will also be part of Hockey Day in Michigan and CCHA Championship Weekend coverage.

FOX Sports Detroit's high-definition coverage of the CCHA goes to more than 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

Seventeen regular-season games and a pair of CCHA Tournament second-round contests will be shown as part of Comcast Television's weekly CCHA package. Additionally, Comcast will feature four exhibition matchups hosted by Michigan and Michigan State. Comcast drops the puck on the conference play by televising Miami's trip to Michigan on Oct. 26. Eight CCHA members will appear on Comcast at least once and telecasts will originate from the home venues of five schools.

Comcast Television is offered on Comcast's Digital Limited Basic Tier Channel 900, to about 1.1 million customers in the state of Michigan.

CBS Sports Network has committed to an eight-game package, including three games at both Michigan and Notre Dame as well as trips to Western Michigan and Miami. The CBSSN schedule faces off on Nov. 15 when the Wolverines entertain the Fighting Irish at Yost Ice Arena.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country via local cable and video providers and nationally on DISH (Channel 158) and DirecTV (Channel 613).

The Big Ten Network (BTN) is set to air seven contests involving CCHA teams, beginning on Nov. 30 when Ohio State visits Michigan State.

BTN is available to an estimated 90 million homes in the U.S. and Canada through agreements with more than 300 affiliates. BTN2Go is a digital extension of the Big Ten Network that delivers live and on-demand programming to existing BTN subscribers via the web, smartphones and tablets.

NBC Sports will be airing a CCHA matchup on Dec. 7, when the Michigan State Spartans head to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame.

Ferris State will open its 35th season of intercollegiate competition at the NCAA Division I level on Sunday, Oct. 7, with an exhibition contest versus Ryerson University in Big Rapids. The puck will drop at 3:05 p.m. (EDT) for the contest at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena.  Complimentary parking will be offered on Sunday along with a magnet giveaway.

This season, fans will be able to save on single-game tickets by purchasing in advance rather than waiting until gameday.  The Bulldogs sold out four of their final five home contests inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena last year.

The FSU Athletics Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) and on Saturday gamedays starting at 12 p.m. (ET).  They will also offer special extended hours on Wednesday's thru the end of the season until 7 p.m. (ET).  For more information on ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Below are FSU's 2012-13 regional & national televised contests:

Sat. Dec. 15         FSU at MSU        5:05        Comcast
Fri. Jan. 18           FSU at MSU        7:35        FSD
Fri. Jan. 25           FSU at ND          7:35        CBS
Sat. Feb. 16         BGSU at FSU      5:05        FSD        Hockey Day in Michigan
Fri. March 1          FSU at U-M         7:35        CBS
Sat. March 2        FSU at U-M         7:35        FSD

*Additional games may be announced