2002-03 CCHA Player of the Year Records His First NHL Hat Trick

Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz (Photo courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks/Debora Robinson).
Former Ferris State University men's ice hockey standout Chris Kunitz of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Anaheim Ducks has received this week's Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Alumni of the Week accolades after registering five goals and three assists in three games.

Kunitz recorded goals in a 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 15 and a 4-3 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 17 before scoring his first career hat trick and adding an assist in a 6-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Nov. 18.

Kunitz has recorded a point in all but one game in the month of November by tallying eight goals and three assists in three games. To date this season, he has registered 19 points in 20 games with 13 goals and six assists for Anaheim compared to the 19 goals and 22 assists in 62 games a season ago.

Chris Kunitz
Chris Kunitz tallied his first hat trick in the NHL last Saturday (Nov. 18) against the Phoenix Coyotes (Photo courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks/Debora Robinson).
A 2002-03 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America First-Team selection, Kunitz was among three national finalists for the 2003 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate men's ice hockey player. A two-time (2001-02 and 2002-03) first-team All-CCHA honoree, Kunitz became the first Ferris State skater to earn CCHA Player of the Year honors which he received after leading the league in points, goals, assists, and plus/minus.

Kunitz finished his four-year (1999-03) at Ferris State presently ranking tied for sixth in career points (175), second in goals (99) and 18th in assists (76) in 152 contests. He played an integral role in leading the Bulldogs to a school-record 31-10-1 overall mark in the 2002-03 campaign to go with a CCHA Regular-Season Championship title and an appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament, both firsts for the FSU program.

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