Ferris State University has announced that senior Cody Chupp will occupy a familiar role for the 2009-10 campaign as the right wing-center will serve as the Bulldogs' team captain for the second consecutive season.
Chupp, a Big Rapids native, captained Ferris State this past 2008-09 campaign and had served as an assistant captain for the 2007-08 season. With his appointment, Chupp now has the distinction of being the 10th individual ever in Ferris State's hockey history to don the captain's 'C' on his jersey for at least two seasons. Prior to Chupp, the last Bulldog hockey student-athlete to serve multiple seasons in that capacity was Adam Welch, who was a three-time (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08) team captain.
Chupp, a 6-foot, 196-pound forward, concluded the 2008-09 season with 12 points on seven goals and five assists in 33 games. He produced three power-play goals, two game-winning tallies, one game-tying marker and 18 blocked shots as the Bulldogs finished with a 12-19-7 overall record and a 9-14-5 mark in the CCHA.
In 109 career contests at Ferris State, Chupp has amassed 65 points on 26 goals and 39 assists. He also has scored 10 power-play lamplighters, two shorthanded goals, six game-winning tallies and 15 multi-point games to go with a plus-17 rating.
This past season, Chupp was selected as the recipient of the program's newly-created Community Service Award and was a nominee for the 2009 Bank of New York Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award as college hockey's finest citizen and also earned finalist status for a 2009 National Student-Athlete Day Giant Steps Award in the category of Civic Leader. He was also nominated for the Hockey Coaches of America's (HCA) 2009 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes a fearless leader and beloved fan favorite who always places his team first.
As a sophomore in 2007-08, Chupp paced the Bulldogs in scoring with a career-best 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists in 39 games. He also led Ferris in multi-point games (seven) and first assists (12) while garnering at least a point in 22 encounters. For his efforts, Chupp was bestowed as the recipient of Ferris State's Lloyd Earl Trophy as the team's leading scorer and also received the Blue Line Competitive Award as a result of being the Bulldogs' top competitor on a daily basis.
A FSU Dean's Academic Award honoree, Chupp earned FSU's Rookie of the Year Award plaudits as a freshman in the 2006-07 season. He placed third among the Bulldogs' top points producers with 23 points as a result of tallying eight goals and notching 23 helpers in 37 games.
The selection of assistant captains for the upcoming 2009-10 season will be announced prior to the start of the campaign.
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