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Red Wings Head Coach Derek Lalonde announces Ferris State Hockey captains for 2023-24 season

The Ferris State University men's ice hockey program invited Derek Lalonde, former assistant coach and current Detroit Red Wings head coach, back to Big Rapids to announce the team's captains for the upcoming season on Monday.

The Bulldog Captains for the 2023-24 season will be: Brenden MacLarenJason BrancheauStepan Pokorny and Nick Hale.

Senior Brenden MacLaren will wear the captain's patch for the second year in a row. While wearing the patch last year, MacLaren set a career-high with 16 points (12 assists). The fifth-year senior earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Dec. 19 and will look to build upon what was a strong senior season in his fifth year. MacLaren's leadership abilities, locker and weight room presence and excellence in the classroom are a few of the many reasons he was selected to wear the captain's patch in 2023-24.

"It's a tremendous honor," McLaren said. "Our leadership group is more than us four guys. It's more than one guy wearing a letter that leads the team."

Senior Jason Brancheau will wear an assistant captain's patch for 2023-24. After scoring just one goal in his first four seasons with Ferris State, Brancheau broke out in a huge way last year. He led the team with 13 goals and finished second on the team with 21 points. He also led the team with three power-play goals. In his fifth season with FSU and first wearing a captain's patch, "Branch" will look to build on an impressive offensive output from 2022-23 as he heads into 2023-24.

"It's (feels) awesome for the guys to pick me," Brancheau said. "It's tremendous honor with all the other "A's" and "C's" that have been here before me."

Senior Stepan Pokorny will join the captain's group in 2023-24 while wearing an assistant captain's patch. Pokorny led the Bulldogs with 22 points, 16 assists and 79 shots a year ago. The top line center for FSU, Pokorny's offensive production was a driving force behind the team's ability to score. Now in his fourth season with the Bulldogs, "Poky" will once again be a focal point offensively but will also wear a patch for the first time in his career.

"I'm really happy for the coaches and the players to trust me to lead the team," Pokorny said.

Graduate transfer Nick Hale (Holy Cross) will wear an assistant captain's patch for the upcoming season. Hale follows in former Bulldog Matt Slick's steps, as Slick also transferred from Holy Cross and became a captain in his first season with FSU on last year's squad. Hale brings strong offensive ability to the Bulldog blueline, as he scored 39 points in his final two seasons with Holy Cross. He integrated into the Bulldog culture rapidly upon arrival, and his strong leadership and voice in the locker room earned him the captain's patch for 2023-24.

"(An) unbelieveable honor," Hale said. "It didn't take long to get to know the guys well and just excited to get things going now."

The Bulldogs begin their season Oct. 7 against Miami (Ohio) inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m. (ET).


Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Basketball (Boys)

12/4/23 - 7:00pm

Lakeview 48 @ Saranac 19

12/5/23 - 7:00pm

Big Rapids 58 @ GR Aviation Acad 48

   -> Game broadcasting on WBRN 1460am, 96.5fm

Tri County @ Greenville

Grant @ Hart

Newaygo @ Montague

Pine River @ Morley Stanwood

Evart @ Reed City

Mason County Central @ White Cloud

12/6/23 - 7:00pm

Chip Hills @ Gladwin

12/8/23 - 7:30pm

Big Rapids @ Reed City

   -> Game broadcasting on WBRN 1460am, 96.5fm

Central Montcalm @ Newaygo

Chip Hills @ Morley Stanwood

Grant @ Lakeview

White Cloud @ Tri County

Kent City @ Fruitport Calvary Christian


CSAA Basketball (Girls)

12/4/23 - 7:00pm

Reed City 27 @ Evart 47

Tri County 30 @ Lakeview 38

Grant 56 @ Ravenna 13

Farwell 37 @ Chip Hills 41

Mason County East 9 @ White Cloud 50

12/5/23 - 7:00pm

Cedar Springs @ Big Rapids

Carson Ciy-Crystal @ Central Montcalm

Greenville @ Tri County

Pine River @ Morley Stanwood

Montague @ Newaygo

12/8/23 - 7:30pm

Big Rapids @ Reed City

Central Montcalm @ Newaygo

Chip Hills @ Morley Stanwood

Grant @ Lakeview

White Cloud @ Tri County

Kent City @ Kenowa Hills


Big Rapids Ice Hockey

12/2/23 - 2:00pm

Big Rapids 0 @ Plymouth 8

12/8/23 - 2:00pm

Grosse Ille @ Big Rapids

12/9/23 - 8:00pm

Big Rapids @ Gaylord

12/15/23 - 7:00pm

Jackson Lumen Christi @ Big Rapids

12/16/23 - 11:35am

Okemos @ Big Rapids

12/20/23 - 7:15pm

Big Rapids @ Midland Dow

12/22/23 - 5:00pm

Big Rapids @ Cheboygan


Big Rapids Bowling (Boys & Girls)

12/2/23 - 2:00pm

Boys - Big Rapids 22 @ Lakeview 8

Girls - Big Rapids 20 @ Lakeview 9

12/9/23 - 9:00am

Boys - Central Montcalm @ Big Rapids

Girls - Central Montcalm @ Big Rapids

12/16/23 - 9:00am

Boys - Big Rapids @ Kent City

Girls - Big Rapids @ Kent City

CSAA Basketball Standings

CSAA - Boys

  1. Newaygo 2-1 (1-0)
  2. Big Rapids 1-1 (1-0)
  3. Grant 1-1 (1-0)
  4. Kent City 1-1 (1-0)
  5. Reed City 1-1 (1-0)
  6. Tri County 1-2 (1-2)
  7. Central Montcalm 2-1 (0-1)
  8. White Cloud 1-1 (0-0)
  9. Lakeview 0-2 (1-2)
  10. Morley Stanwood 0-2 (0-1)
  11. Chip Hills 0-2 (0-1)

CSAA - Girls

  1. Lakeview 1-0 (1-0)
  2. Grant 1-0 (0-0)
  3. Chip Hills 1-0 (0-0)
  4. White Cloud 1-0 (0-0)
  5. Big Rapids 0-0 (0-0)
  6. Central Montcalm 0-0 (0-0)
  7. Tri County 0-1 (0-1)
  8. Kent City 0-0 (0-0)
  9. Morley Stanwood 0-0 (0-0)
  10. Newaygo 0-0 (0-0)
  11. Reed City 0-1 (0-0)

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