1998-99 Ferris State Hockey Award Winners

Bulldog Hockey has announced its award-winners for the 1998-99 season.

Sophomore goaltender Vince Owen was selected the team's "Most Valuable Player" after registering a 12-14-5 record with a 2.45 goals against average and a .910 saves percentage in 31 games. Owen was selected to the 1998-99 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association Honorable Mention Team and was a three-time CCHA Defensive Player-of-the-Week this season. He is first on Ferris State's all-time lists in career goals against average (2.86) and shutouts (5) and ranks second in saves percentage (.894). He set FSU single-season marks this season for goals against average (2.45), saves percentage (.910) and shutouts (4).

Junior center Brian McCullough was honored with the "Lloyd Earl Award" after tallying 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists in 35 games. He had six multi-point games on the season while receiving CCHA All-Academic Special Mention and CCHA Offensive Player-of-the-Week kudos on one occasion.

Freshman center Rob Collins received the "Rookie of the Year Award" after posting the highest point total (12) among the team's first-year players. He notched three goals and nine assists in 36 games to rank seventh in team scoring. Junior defenseman Gary Ricciardi was the winner of the "Plus/Minus Award" after posting a +14 in 33 games.

The "Steve Banonis Most Improved Player Award" went to sophomore center-left wing Jon Rogger. Rogger garnered four points with a goal and three assists in 17 outings this season. The "Scholar-Athlete Award" was presented to Ricciardi and sophomore defenseman Jim Dube. The pair both earned 1998-99 CCHA All-Academic Honorable Mention Team accolades while Dube was recently named a third team Academic All-American. Dube was also an All-CCHA Honorable Mention Team honoree.

For the second consecutive year, senior right wing Joel Irwin received the "Blue Line Competitive Award." The team captain finished second in Bulldog scoring with 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists in 36 games. A 1998-99 CCHA All-Academic First-Team selection, Irwin posted a team-best tying seven multi-point games and had a team-leading three multi-goal games this season.

Ferris State registered a 14-16-6 overall record this season under seventh-year head coach Bob Daniels, which represented its best mark in six years. The Bulldogs placed sixth in the CCHA with a 13-12-5 mark (31 points) and participated in the CCHA Tournament for the 18th time in the program's 20-year NCAA Division I history. FSU graduated 11 seniors from this season's team, including seven forwards.

Ricciardi and Dube were elected team captains for the 1999-2000 season while left wing-center Rob Kozak and left wing Brent Wishart will serve as assistant captains.

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