Big Rapids, Mich. - For the seventh consecutive year, the Ferris State University men's ice hockey program has announced its annual Bulldog Hockey Classic-Alumni Golf Outing slated for Aug. 4 is officially SOLD OUT and FSU is again expecting one of its largest turnouts ever for the 32nd annual event.
The outing, which serves as a fundraiser for the Bulldog Hockey program, takes place on Katke Golf Course's 21-hole championship course at FSU. This year marks the fifth-straight "early sellout" for the event and comes on the heels of record-breaking years each of the last six summers.
In addition, this year's sellout also comes more than three weeks prior to the event, marking the earliest sellout ever for the outing.
"This outing has become such a popular and enjoyable event for our faithful alumni, outstanding supporters of the program and friends," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "We certainly thank everyone for their continued support and we are looking forward to welcoming back our former players along with having an opportunity to spend the day with so many great people."
A number of notable alumns and former Bulldog Hockey players are again expected to take part in this year's event. Recent outings have included such prominent FSU alums as Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, four-time Stanley Cup Champion Chris Kunitz and NHL defenseman Zach Redmond among others. Many recent players, including members of the 2012 Frozen Four squad and recent WCHA Championship teams, also annually take part.
Along with the golf outing, the events will include a morning reception for former players and coaches along with lunch at the course prior to the 18 holes of golf. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center.
The weekend activities will also include the annual Little Kevin Softball Game at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids starting at 7 p.m. (ET) on Friday (Aug. 3) night, which pits local heroes from the police and firefighters force against Bulldog Hockey alumni.
A postgame reception will take place for players, family and friends on Friday night at Shooters sponsored by the FSU Blueline Club. The Bulldog Hockey Classic-Alumni Golf Outing regularly draws former and notable Bulldog Hockey players for both the softball and golf events.
For more information and/or questions pertaining to the 2018 Bulldog Hockey Classic-Alumni Golf Outing, please contact Ferris State Hockey Associate Head Coach Drew Famulak at (231) 591-2887 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bulldogs, who have reached the NCAA Final Eight three times since 2012, will embark on their 44th campaign this coming fall and again face again one of the country's toughest schedules as they seek their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last eight years.
Since 2012, the Bulldogs have made three NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA Final Eight all three times. FSU has also won two conference regular-season championships along with capturing the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy once as the league's Final Five Champion. Along with a Frozen Four berth and national title game showing in 2012, FSU also has reached the regional final and the final eight of the NCAA Tournament in both 2014 and 2016.
The 32nd Annual Bulldog Hockey Classic-Alumni Golf Outing Events Schedule:
Friday (Aug. 3)
7-9:30 p.m. -- Softball Game at Hemlock Park (Police/Firefighters vs. FSU Hockey Alumni)
***Contact Nick Scheible at (231) 287-2354 or via e-mail at email@example.com.***
9:45 p.m. to ? -- FSU Blue Line Club Reception at Shooters (Players, Family and Friends)
***Contact Vicky Deur at (231) 591-2133***
Saturday (Aug. 4)
9 a.m. -- NEW - 9 hole shotgun option start (in place of afternoon 18 holes)
10-11 a.m. -- Reception for past players/coaches at Ewigleben Ice Arena Lockerroom's Player Lounge
11 a.m. -- Registration at Katke Golf Course
12 p.m. -- "Noon" Shotgun Start
6:30 p.m. -- Dinner followed by Awards Ceremony and Raffle Prizes
Note: All times are Eastern (ET) and subject to change