Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's ice hockey fans attending this weekend's (March 14-16) Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First-Round Playoff series against Bemidji State will have an opportunity to see one of the most prestigious trophies in college hockey as the WCHA's MacNaughton Cup will be on hand.
The Bulldogs claimed the MacNaughton Cup for the first-time ever by winning the league's regular-season crown in their debut season in the WCHA last weekend, which represented FSU's second conference championship in the last three years. Ferris State became only the third program in history to win both the WCHA and the former Central Collegiate Hockey Association, joining Michigan and Northern Michigan.
The MacNaughton Cup is awarded annually to the regular-season conference champion of the WCHA and is named after James MacNaughton of Calumet, Michigan, who was an avid supporter of amateur ice hockey. The Cup is hand crafted of pure silver, stands almost three-feet high and weighs nearly 40 pounds. MacNaughton originally purchased the cup trophy for $2,000 in 1913. It was originally presented to American Hockey Association champions and later various teams in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at a variety of levels until becoming part of college hockey in the 1950's.
The Bulldogs will be the top seed for the WCHA Playoffs and host Bemidji State in a best-of-three first round series Friday thru Sunday, March 14-15 and 16 (if necessary), at the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. The first two games of the first round series are scheduled for 7:07 p.m. (ET) with the deciding third game, if necessary, beginning on Sunday at 5:07 p.m. (ET). The series will represent FSU's first-ever WCHA home playoff action.
The winner of the opening-round series will advance to Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena for the WCHA Final Five Championship on March 21-22 with the league's playoff champion earning the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets for this weekend's playoff series can be purchased in advance by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or by visiting the box office during normal business hours Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET). The ticket office will also open at noon on Saturday along with Sunday if needed.
In addition, tickets for this weekend's action may also be purchased 24 hours a day online at StarTickets.com or by contacting Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737. For additional ticket information, please contact the FSU ticket office directly at (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Ferris State, ranked sixth in the nation this week, beat the eighth-seeded Beavers in three of four matchups during league regular-season play. FSU ranks as one of the nation's best teams on home ice this year with a 14-1-1 mark to date inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena and did not drop a conference home game in regular-season play (13-0-1). Currently, the Bulldogs' 25 wins to date are tied for the most in the country.