February 11, 2014

STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: Hockey's Jason Binkley

By Nichole Boehnke
FerrisStateBulldogs.com

Featured Athlete:

Jason Binkley
Ice Hockey -Defenseman
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Jason Binkley has played in all 29 games this season with the men's ice hockey team and has compiled a team-high 16 assists to date.

The junior defenseman has helped the Bulldogs to a 20-6-3 overall record along with a first-place 15-3-2 mark in the WCHA. Their season continues on the road this weekend against Bemidji State with eight games left before the postseason playoffs begin.

Head Coach Bob Daniels counts on Jason to perform on both the power play and penalty-kill specialty teams.

"Jason is one of our top five defensemen every night," Daniels said. "He has developed into a solid two-way player with the ability to play a strong defensive and offensive game."

During his freshmen year, he totaled 30 blocks and accumulated 12 points with one goal and 11 assists. Improving during his sophomore year, Binkley competed in 37 games and tallied 18 assists and 49 blocks a year ago.

He moved out of his house at age 16 to pursue his hockey career and first began playing with the USHL's Tri-City Storm in 2009 in Kearney, Neb. Two years later, he committed to Ferris State to play Division 1 ice hockey along with two other members of the Tri-City team, fellow Bulldog juniors Dominic Panetta and Simon Denis.

According to Jason

Why did you decide to come to Ferris?

Hockey was a big part of why I choose Ferris. It was simply the best opportunity for me and it has worked out great. It was my decision of where I wanted to go, but my parents are proud and happy I am at a school that I enjoy and a place where I can get an education and play Division 1 college hockey. It takes about five hours for my parents to get up here from Ohio so the trip isn't too bad.

What has been the highlight for you so far this season?

The highlight of the season so far was setting a new school record. We went on a 16-game unbeaten streak and being ranked as high as #2 in the nation. Any kind of winning streak in hockey is tough to come by so the fact we set a new school record in the process really was something special.

What is your favorite Ferris State Hockey moment?

My freshmen year we won 16 games in our conference. We traveled to the National Championship and played in the Frozen Four for the first time in Ferris State history against Boston College.

What is your favorite thing about being on the hockey team here at Ferris State?

I love playing in front of the students and fans, especially when every game is selling out or coming close. It shows their dedication and means a lot to us. 

How do you see your role on the team?

My role on the team is to be a leader and play solid defense for the team. Of course I would always like to get more points, but defense comes first.

Do you have any talents or interesting hobbies?

I like to golf, I love being out there on the course and playing. I recently got into fishing and enjoy doing that. I drive a Honda and play video games too, just typical college student stuff.  

What is one of your favorite childhood hockey experiences?

My earliest childhood memory is from middle school when I traveled to Canada to play in the Quebec Peewee Hockey Tournament.

Favorite Hockey Team … Blue Jackets

Favorite Movie … A Few Good Men 

Favorite Television Show … Alaska State Troopers, Duck Dynasty and Moonshiners

Favorite place to visit/vacation … I would like to go anywhere in Europe or the Caribbean.

Favorite home-cooked food … My mom's cookies, her chocolate chip ones are the best

Favorite professional athlete … Bobby Orr

Favorite sport besides hockey … Golf and lacrosse

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