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Chad McDonald

School

Ferris State University

Position
Forward
Major
Business Administration/Legal Studies

Classroom

Majoring in business administration/legal studies with a minor in sports communication, Chad McDonald maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and will graduate on time in the Spring of 2017. He is a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete, a three-time member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, a 2016 CoSIDA Division I Academic All-District honoree ... Team Dean’s List Award honoree ... Candidate for Academic All-America consideration ... Helped team rank among the nation’s top 10 programs in the annual NCAA Academic Progress Report listing ... Active on campus and has been a member of the department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in his career.

Character

Since his freshman year, Chad’s play has impacted team success on the ice.  He serves as a leader and role model for teammates both on the ice and off the ice and is highly respected by his teammates.  Because of strong role models like Chad, the entire Ferris State hockey team is academically sound and has ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams in the annual NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR) listing. Chad is a great reflection on the true meaning of “student athlete”. Not only is he one of the top players on the Ferris State Hockey team, but he is also a leader in the classroom and community ... Voted as one of team’s alternate captains this year by coaches and fellow squad members for his leadership ability ... Highly active on campus and been a leader amongst student-athletes in support for other teams at Ferris State University.

Community

In the community, Chad displays sportsmanship off the ice by volunteering for a variety of different organizations that help those with disabilities. He plays floor hockey with local Special Olympians and serves as a mentor for Community Inclusive Recreation (Battle Creek, MI), an organization whose purpose is to make educational and recreational programs fully accessible to children and adults with disabilities.  In addition, he serves as a role model for youth speaking to fifth grade elementary students from low income households about the importance of education for an athlete and what it takes academically to pursue their dream of becoming a college student-athlete ... As a team member, he’s also been involved in various other charitable and civic projects such as reading to children in schools, taking part in middle school activity nights, working to restore a children’s youth playground each year and other endeavors.

Competition

Helped FSU to a NCAA Regional Final as well as the first WCHA Tournament Championship in team history last season ... Serving as team’s alternate captain this year ... Has ranked as one of squad’s leading scorers and point producers throughout his career ... Four-year letterwinner ... Played on some of team’s top lines ... ..Played in 33 games and posted career highs in goals (10) assists (15) and points (25) in 2015-16 ... Member of two NCAA Final Eight teams ... Helped team to both a WCHA regular season and postseason championship in his career ... Finished fourth on the team in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists in 36 games played as a sophomore in 2014-15 ... Off to a great start in his senior campaign ... Has twice been named WCHA Offensive Player of Week in his Bulldog career ... Hit the 20-point mark has a freshman, scoring nine goals and 11 assists in 42 games ... Tallied a total of 68 points on 30 goals and 38 assists in 118 collegiate contests to date ...