Adam Welch To Serve As Team Captain For Third Consecutive Season

Adam Welch
Senior Adam Welch is the fourth Bulldog skater to serve as team captain in more than two straight seasons.
Senior defenseman Adam Welch (Hastings, Minn.) of the Ferris State University men's ice hockey team will wear the captain's 'C' on his jersey for the third consecutive season this upcoming 2007-08 campaign. The announcement was made by head coach Bob Daniels.

Juniors Matt Frank (Billings, Mont.) and Alex Spezia (Farmington Hills) along with sophomore Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) were named assistant captains.

Welch becomes only the fourth skater in the program's history to serve as team captain for more than two seasons. Ed Turner (1976-80), Jim Baker (1979-82), and Jim File (1981-84) are also members of the elite group.

Welch compiled eight points on two goals and six assists with one multiple-point game performance in 39 outings this last season. He was a co-recipient of the team's Blueline Competitive Award in 2006-07 and was also a 2005-06 co-winner of the award. As a sophomore in 2005-06, Welch recorded a career single-season best 13 points with two goals and 11 assists in 40 contests.

As a freshman walk-on in the 2004-05 season, Welch achieved Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) All-Rookie Honorable Mention Team honors and was selected as FSU's Rookie of the Year after posting six points with one goal and five assists in 36 games. Welch's 2004-05 season points total tied for him for top team honors among the Bulldogs’ defensemen. In 115 career outings to date, Welch has totaled 27 points on five lamplighters and 22 assists.

Frank, who was an assistant captain on the 2006-07 squad, produced one goal and three helpers for four points in 33 games a season ago. The former walk-on presently has 17 career points on five goals and 12 helpers in 71 outings. The center-right wing was bestowed with the 2005-06 FSU Most Improved Player Award following a career single-season high 12 points on four goals and eight assists to go with a plus nine efficiency rating in 34 appearances.

Spezia equaled his career season high with five points (all assists) in 29 appearances during the 2006-07 campaign. The defenseman was a co-honoree of the squad's Blueline Competitive Award for the 2005-06 season after generating five points on a marker with four assists and a plus three efficiency rating in 34 appearances. Spezia has accumulated 14 career points with a goal and 13 assists and a plus two rating in 100 contests.

Chupp received the team's Rookie of the Year Award this past season after producing 23 points which was tops among Ferris State's rookies and represented the team's third-highest points total. Chupp notched eight goals and had 15 assists to go with a plus five rating in 37 games. The center-right wing's five multi-point games ranked tied for the second most among the 2006-07 team statistical leaders, which included a three-point game effort on a squad-leading three occasions. He shared top team honors in game-winning tallies (two) and netted at least one point in 15 encounters.

Ferris State registered a 14-22-3 overall record for the 2006-07 season, which included a ninth-place 10-16-2 mark (22 league points) in CCHA play.

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