Big Rapids, Mich. - A special event-filled weekend is planned for Jan. 10-11 as the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team plays its first home series' of the New Year against the Michigan Tech Huskies at the Ewigleben Ice Arena and fans are encouraged to begin making plans now.
The Bulldogs, who climbed to second in both of this week's major college hockey polls heading into the holiday break and own a nation-leading 15-game unbeaten streak, will square off against the Huskies for the first time since 1995 as part of what many expect will be one of the top Western Collegiate Hockey Association's (WCHA) rivalries in years to come.
The puck is set to drop on both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:07 p.m. (ET).
As part of the weekend activities, former Detroit Red Wings' standout Darren McCarty will make a special appearance and be in attendance on Friday evening for a book signing and autograph session to promote his new book "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star". As a member of four Red Wings' Stanley Cup title teams, McCarty played the role of enforcer for much of the last two decades and teamed up with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby to form the "Grind Line".
"We're looking forward to having the opportunity to resume WCHA play in front of our home fans and having one of the all-time greats in Darren McCarty in attendance will be a tremendous treat for the fans," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "This will be an extremely tough series against one of the traditional WCHA schools and having the Bulldog Nation behind us will provide a big boost as we begin the second half of conference play."
The Bulldogs will also hold a special "Dawg Pound Appreciation Night" on Friday, Jan. 10, that will include giveaways, a free postgame skate with Brutus, raffle prizes and more. The Ferris State University residence halls will be open for the weekend series.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as sellout crowds are expected for the Bulldogs' first home action since mid-November. A special "BOGO" or buy one, get one free offer is currently being offered for all full-priced $12 tickets with limited availability at this price and can be used as a wonderful stocking stuffer.
In addition, a "Youth Hockey Special" is also on sale for the Michigan Tech series. Families of youth hockey players can purchase $6 tickets and the package includes a locker room tour, autographed team picture and a commemorative "Road to the WCHA Championship" poster. Limited availability is also offered in this price category.
Fans can purchase advance tickets for the Michigan Tech series and save over the normal gameday rates by visiting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Bulldog fans can also purchase all regular-priced tickets in advance 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at StarTickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.
Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday's until 7 p.m. (ET). The ticket office will operate on its normal schedule thru Dec. 23 and hours will vary over the holiday break until normal hours resume on Jan. 6.
A complete pricing structure, holiday ticket office hours and additional information is available online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com and can be found by visiting the "tickets" tab. All promotional ticket offers are only available in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. For additional ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888.
Ferris State became the nation's first collegiate team to reach 14 victories this year and the Bulldogs are now 14-2-3 overall this season. They also own an impressive 10-0-2 mark in their debut season in the WCHA with a first-place lead at the break. FSU has captured 22 of a possible 24 points to date in league action this season.
The Bulldogs also feature the nation's winningest goaltender in junior CJ Motte, who increased his nation-leading mark to 14-0-3 in net this season by helping lead the Bulldogs to a tie against Michigan and a shutout victory on the road at Michigan State this past week. His 17-game unbeaten start is a school-record and the longest streak in the country.
Prior to the Michigan Tech series, Ferris State will return to action on Jan. 3-4 as the Bulldogs take part in the prestigious Mariucci Classic hosted by top-ranked Minnesota. FSU will square off against RPI in the opening contest on Friday, Jan. 3, at Minneapolis. FSU will then face either host Minnesota or Colgate the following night on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Below are Ferris State Hockey home ticket prices & holiday ticket office hours:
Advance Single-Game Tickets:
Adults - $12
Senior Citizens (65+) - $10
FSU Faculty/Staff - $10
Student (age 3-12th grade) - $6
FSU Dawg Pound Students - $6 with valid ID
FSU Reserved Student - $8 with vaild ID
Gameday Single-Game Tickets:
Adults - $14
Senior Citizens (65+) - $12
FSU Faculty/Staff - $12
Student (age 3-12th grade) - $8
FSU Dawg Pound Students - $7 with valid ID
FSU Reserved Student - $9 with vaild ID
Buy One $12 ticket, get one free
(Limited Availability at this price)
Youth Hockey Special:
$6 ticket for all youth hockey families
(Limited Availability at this price)
Holiday Ticket Office Hours:
Dec. 17-23 - Normal hours
Dec. 24-26 - Closed
Dec. 27 - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 28-29 - Closed
Dec. 30 - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1 - Closed
Jan. 2 - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Jan. 3 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 4 - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 5 - Closed
Jan. 6 - Normal hours resume
Note: All ticket prices and availability are subject to change and various game promotions.