The Ferris State Bulldogs continued a busy off-season by announcing forward Brendan Connolly will attend school and hit the ice in Big Rapids starting with the 2005-2006 hockey season.
The Canmore, Alberta native spent the last two seasons with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Connolly notched a team-leading 84 points with 31 goals and 53 assists in 58 games last season as the Bandits compiled a 36-26-2 overall record for 74 points in the AJHL’s South Division.
5-8, 165-pound Connolly may add a good mix of scoring and grit for head coach Bob Daniels after leading his junior squad with a team-high 210 minutes in penalties last season.
“We’re excited in being able to add a player of Brendans’ caliber this late in the recruiting season,” said Daniels, in an official FSU press release. “He’s a quick, skilled player that really plays on the edge. We hope he can provide some offense this upcoming season.”
Connolly is the fifth forward to be signed in this recruiting class, joining Traverse City’s Cory Couturier, Justin Lewandowski, Rochester Hills native Dan Riedel, and J.T. Dahlinger. The Bulldogs also inked blue line help in Waterford’s Chris Zarb and Grosse Pointe Woods native Evan Case along with adding goaltender Mitch O’Keefe.