Katke Hosts 32nd Annual Ferris State Hockey Alumni Golf Outing
BIG RAPIDS – Alumni, family, fans and coaches of the Ferris State University Hockey program met at Katke Golf Course for the 32nd Annual Ferris State Hockey Alumni Golf Outing.
Among the former players in attendance were stars from recent teams that made deep NCAA Tournament runs, as well as players dating back to the early seasons of Bulldog Hockey.
Head Coach Bob Daniels said that the golfing is secondary to the opportunity for all of the alumni to re-connect with each other and swap stories.
“Once you’re a Bulldog, you’re always a Bulldog,” said former defensemen and recent Team USA Olympian Chad Billins. “I think it’s pretty special to have such a good turnout every year, and I love coming back to this place.”
Recent grad, and Iowa Wild forward Gerald Mayhew said that the conversations amongst the former teammates are always easy. “We talk about hockey, mostly. How they did. What they’re doing next year, and stuff like that. But, it’s like we never left.”
And while the youth may have faded a touch for some of the Bulldog alums, as former goaltender Taylor Nelson put it, “it’s not great to live in the glory days 365 days a year, but if you can do it for one, I think it’s a good time.”
The Bulldogs begin their 2018-2019 campaign with a home exhibition game on October 6th.