Ferris State Captain Vying For College Hockey's Finest Citizen Honor

*2009 The Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award Nominees Release* PDF Cody Chupp
Cody Chupp of Ferris State is one of 21 college hockey student-athletes to be nominated for the 2009 Hockey Humanitarian Award.

Cody Chupp (Big Rapids), a junior student-athlete on the 2008-09 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, has been officially listed as a nominee for the 2009 Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen.

Chupp, the 2008-09 Bulldogs' team captain, is among 21 female and male student-athletes currently playing collegiate hockey to be deservedly nominated for this prestigious award. The 6-0, 196-pound right wing is one of five players from a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)-member school to be included in the list of the nominees, joining Alaska's Trevor Hyatt, Jerad Kaufmann of Nebraska-Omaha, Michigan State's Jeff Lerg, and Brian Moore of Bowling Green State.

A 2007-08 assistant captain, Chupp has spent a considerable amount of time off the ice as a volunteer for several local organizations and volunteering his time at numerous events. An elementary education major, Chupp has helped at a local elementary school reading to kids along with serving as a teachers assistant. He also has donated his time during the Christmas Holidays for the Make-A-Wish Adopt A Child For Christmas program while also being involved in the Friends of Playscape with the fundraising and construction of the Big Rapids (Mich.) community-built playground in 1996. Chupp has been a mentor for youth hockey in the Big Rapids area community.

Chupp, who holds the distinction of being the first student-athlete from Ferris State to attend a NCAA National Student-Athlete Advisory Leadership Conference, has also assisted with the promoting of the Big Rapids Area Junior Hockey Association's (BRAJHA) annual golf outing along with being a participant. A member of the Resurrection Life Church, Chupp was an active participant in the February 2008 benefit for Zachary Fredrick, an 11-year old boy who was diagnosed a cancerous tumor. Chupp served as a referee for that benefit contest and did likewise for the Brian Tomczyk Memorial Benefit Hockey Game in December 2009. Chupp and Tomczyk were teammates on Big Rapids High School's varsity hockey team.

Chupp, who presently has accumulated 62 career points on 25 goals with 37 assists in 101 contests at Ferris State, was the 2007-08 recipient of the team's Lloyd Earl Trophy as the Bulldogs' leading scorer and also earned the Blue Line Competitive Award for being the squad's top competitor. A FSU Dean's Academic Award honoree, Chupp was recognized as Ferris' Rookie of the Year following the 2006-07 campaign.

The finalists for the 2009 Hockey Humanitarian Award will be chosen in mid Feburary and announced on the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation's website at www.hockeyhumanitarian.org. The Award's 14th recipient will be named in a ceremony on Friday, April 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four.

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