Pair of Forwards Ink With Bulldogs In Early-Signing Period

Ferris State University head hockey coach Bob Daniels announced the signing of two junior-level players to National Letters-of-Intent to attend and suit up for the Bulldogs, beginning with the 2009-10 season, during the November early-signing period. Joining FSU next season will be right wing Eric Alexander (Kentwood) and center-right wing Travis Ouellette (Tecumseh, Ontario).

"With the addition of these two players, we believe we've upgraded our skill level and ability to score goals at our forward positions," said Daniels. "Both players have a track record of not only individual success, but team success as well."

Alexander is currently in his second season with the Chicago (Ill.) Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL) under head coach Steve Poapst. The 6-2, 190-pound forward has presently registered a team second-best 17 points on a squad-high 11 goals and six assists in 15 games this season. He has produced five power-play goals, one short-handed tally, and one game-winning lamplighter with a plus three efficiency rating for the Steel, who are 8-7-0 in the USHL's East Division this season to date. Alexander's 17-points total this campaign currently ranks tied for third among the USHL's scoring leaders.

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Ferris State has started out its recruiting class with the addition of two highly-skilled forwards.
A season ago in 49 outings for Chicago, Alexander produced 15 goals with seven assists for 22 points and was +6 for the 2007-08 campaign as the Steel finished with a 32-22-6 record. He netted four power-play tallies while accounting for the game-winning marker on three occasions in helping Chicago secure an USHL East Division Playoff berth. Alexander concluded the season 11th among the Steel's top points leaders while ranking tied for 111th place in league scoring. In seven playoff appearances last season, he generated all of his three points on goals with one occurring on the power play and the other resulting in the game winner.

The signing of Alexander marks the third consecutive season in which Ferris State will have a Chicago Steel alumnus skating for the Bulldogs. Alexander will join former Steel players and current Ferris State skaters left wing Mike Embach and defenseman Aaron Schmidt on the 2009-10 team.

"Eric is a protypical power forward," said associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Drew Famulak. "He's a gifted goal scorer who has a physical presence. Eric over this past year has started to round out his game to become not only a playmaker, but also an effective penalty killer.

"Overall, Eric's skill set is very high and he's another blue-chip recruit from Michigan we're elated to have in our lineup come next season," added Famulak.

Ouellette (pronounced OOH-lett), who's skating in his first season for the Penticton (British Columbia) Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), is currently tied for top team scoring honors with 25 points on 12 goals and 13 assists in 26 2008-09 season appearances. The 5-8, 165-pound skater has tallied two power-play goals and netted two game-winning lamplighters this campaign while helping the Vees to a third-place tying 15-8-0 record in the BCHL's Interior Conference standings to date.

In the 2007-08 campaign, Ouellette totaled a league second-most 110 points on 42 goals and 74 assists in 32 contests as a member of the Western Ontario Hockey League's (WOHL) Tecumseh (Ontario) Chiefs. He also produced 15 power-play goals and garnered five game-winning lamplighters for the season. The forward's 74 points on the season ranked second highest on the squad as did his 32 tallies and 42 helpers. Ouellette played a vital part in guiding the 34-12-2 Chiefs to both the WOHL championship title and the Sutherland Cup crown.

"Travis has above-average skills and possesses a strong presence in front of the net which gives him a high level of finishability," said Famulak. "He's a quick, agile skater who's both aggressive and heady in goal-scoring areas. Travis is a solid performer in five-on-five situations and can generate offense of the cycle."

2009-10 Ferris State Bulldog Hockey Class

Name, Position Hometown

Eric Alexander, Right Wing, Kentwood, Mich.
6-2, 190 lbs., Shoots: Right, Date of Birth: 8/15/89
2008-09 team: Chicago Steel, United States Hockey League

Travis Ouellette, Center-Right Wing, Tecumseh, Ontario
5-8, 165 lbs., Shoots: Right, Date of Birth: 2/17/89
2008-09 team: Penticton Vees, British Columbia Hockey League

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