This was Ferris State’s first ever appearance in the tournament compared to Boston College’s impressive 23rd visit – and the excitement could be felt all over Big Rapids, Michigan.
“After the first of the year, the team started consistently winning,” said Karen Bohren, manager of the James L. Lundberg Bookstore at Ferris State University. “When we were ranked number one in the country for two weeks in February, that’s when the excitement really started to build.”
That is when Bohren began working to design “Frozen Four” t-shirts, hats and other merchandise to support the team. And because the Bulldogs also won the regular season CCHA Championship, sales of all hockey merchandise took off.
“As soon as we heard that we got the bid to play in the NCAA Tournament, we began to work on creating merchandise for the school and for the fans,” said Bohren. “We’re a small town, so this has been such an exciting experience, not only for Ferris, but also for the surrounding community.”
The Bulldog’s most impressive season in school history came to an end on April 7 in the national championship game at the Frozen Four as the Bulldogs suffered a heart-breaking 4-1 loss to Boston College at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. After a national runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldog’s men’s ice hockey team finished with an historic 2011-12 season – ranking second nationally in the major college hockey polls.
A “Community Celebration” to recognize Ferris State University’s hockey team will take place on April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. Bohren is currently working on a new t-shirt to commemorate the team’s remarkable season in time for the event. No doubt, it will be a best-seller.
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