Former Ferris State Standout Billins Named to U.S. Olympic Team

Former Ferris State hockey player Chad Billins has been named to the 15-member United States Olympic Ice Hockey Team that will compete in next month’s 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

A Michigan native and four-year member of the Bulldogs, Billins was a senior captain during Ferris State’s historic 2011-12 campaign, that saw the Bulldogs appear in the NCAA Division I championship game.

A defenseman, Billins currently plays for Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League after prior stints with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, Abbotsford Heat and Utica Comets. Billins led the Griffins to the 2013 Calder Cup Championship and played the 2016-17 season with the Comets, amassing 20 points on three goals and 17 assists. He is a two-time AHL All-Star.

In 31 games this season with Linkopings HC, Billins has tallied three goals and 13 assists for 16 points. Billins is in his second stint with the SHL team, having spent the 2015-16 season with the club. In 50 career games with Linkopings HC, he has posted seven goals and 24 assists.

Billins is the fifth former Bulldog to compete in the Olympics, joining Bob Nardella (Italy – 1998, 2006), Norm Krumpschmid (Austria – 1998), Jason Blake (U.S. – 2006) and Chris Kunitz (Canada – 2014). Kunitz led Team Canada to the gold medal in the 2014 Olympic Games.

The U.S. opens Olympic competition against Slovenia on Wednesday, Feb. 14.