Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University will commemorate the school's most successful men's ice hockey season in history with a special banner raising ceremony on Friday (Oct. 19) evening prior to the Bulldogs' home opener versus Mercyhurst at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
The Bulldogs will unveil new banners inside the 2,400-seat facility prior to opening faceoff against the Lakers, which is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. (ET) start. The new banners will recognize last year's team that captured the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Regular Season Championship, won the NCAA Midwest Regional crown and reached the national championship game at the 2012 Frozen Four.
In addition to the banner raising, a ring ceremony will take place following the game in which members of last season's squad will officially receive their championship rings. All fans are encouraged to wear red.
"We're looking forward to Friday night and there are so many good things happening this weekend," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "We're proud of last season's accomplishments and this will give us an opportunity to officially recognize those in front of our fans."
In addition to Friday's home opener against Mercyhurst, the Bulldogs will also host the Lakers on Saturday (Oct. 20) night to wrap up the two-game series in Big Rapids. It will be the first of three consecutive home weekends for the nationally 16th-ranked Bulldogs, who open CCHA play on Oct. 26-27 versus Alaska before hosting Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 2-3.
Besides the banner raising and ring ceremony on Friday night, this weekend will also serve as the Bulldogs' annual Alumni and Parents Weekends. All alumni players are invited back to help FSU "Celebrate The Legacy" and the final year of the CCHA as a kickoff to the 2012-13 campaign. Ferris State will become a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) after the 2012-13 season.
Ferris State's best season in school history came to a close in the national championship game at the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., with a 26-12-5 overall record. It included a first-ever trip to the Frozen Four and a national runner-up finish. The title game appearance marked the first time in school history any Bulldog team had ever competed in a national championship game.
This season, the Bulldogs are off to a 0-1-1 start after a trip to face the RPI Engineers at the Houston Field House this past weekend (Oct. 12-13) in Troy, N.Y. The Bulldogs came back to finish in a 2-2 overtime tie on Saturday after losing their season opener on Friday evening.
Tickets for all 2012-13 Bulldog home regular-season hockey games can be purchased by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231)-591-2888. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office's normal hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) weekdays. The ticket office will also offer extended hours until 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesdays throughout the season and be open on hockey home game Saturday's at 12 p.m. (ET).
Single-game tickets may also be purchased by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets website: www.startickets.com.
This season, fans can save money by purchasing tickets in advance rather than waiting until gameday for any home contest during the 2012-13 campaign. The Bulldogs sold out four of their final five home contests inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena last year. In addition, the Bulldogs have already sold more than 600 student season tickets to the "Dawg Pound" for this season.