« Hockey 2013-14

Scott Czarnowczan

School

Ferris State

Position
Defenseman
Major
Criminal Justice
G
6
A
19
PTS
25
+/-
+19

Classroom

Czarnowczan holds a 3.444 cumulative grade point average in his career at Ferris State University. He is majoring in criminal justice. Last year, his academic performance helped the Bulldogs lead the CCHA and finish eighth in the nation in the NCAA Academic Progress Report. He’s been a valuable team leader in the classroom, which has led to a variety of academic-related awards and honors for the Bulldog Hockey program.

Character

He is serving as the Bulldogs’ 2013-14 team captain this season.  Previously, he was FSU’s assistant captain during the 2012-13 campaign. He has played an active role in team development and leadership initiatives. In addition, he displayed great determination in battling back from injury during the 2012-13 season.  This year, his efforts as team captain have helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Regular-Season Championship and a top-five national ranking most of the year. FSU also had a school and nation-leading 16-game unbeaten streak this season and presently holds the nation’s most wins this season with 28, which ranks second all-time in FSU history.  Scott has been a two-time winner of the program’s Blue Line Competitive Award, which is based in part on his character and spirit displayed on the ice.

Community

Scott has played an active role along with the entire Bulldog Hockey program in a variety of community service endeavors throughout his collegiate career such as middle school activity nights, school and local playground improvement projects, visiting and reading to elementary students and more. This season, he helped the Bulldogs honor breast cancer survivors and raise money locally for the Susan P. Wheatlake Women’s Cancer and Wellness Fund during FSU’s first-ever “Pink In The Rink” game in which the Bulldogs donned special pink jerseys. As team captain, he has helped stress the importance of the community initiatives in the Big Rapids community and surrounding areas. As a sophomore, he and his teammates recognized and honored military members during “Military Appreciation Night” among many other events.

Competition

Besides serving as the Bulldogs’ team captain, Scott has also been one of the program’s top performers on the ice during his collegiate career.  He helped FSU reach the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four and win the CCHA Regular-Season Championship as a starting defenseman during his sophomore season. In his junior campaign, FSU became one of only two schools to earn a playoff bye in each of the final four years of the CCHA. He earned team Rookie of the Year Award honors as a freshman and is a two-time recipient of the program’s Blue Line Competitive Award. He’s played in 139 career contests and tallied 63 points to date in his collegiate career while ranking among the team’s leaders in assists, blocked shots and plus/minus each season. This year, he was recognized as a All-WCHA Second Team defenseman after earning potential Preseason All-WCHA accolades. Scott has been an active team member on the ice throughout his four years of college hockey and a regular in the starting lineup as one of the team’s top defensemen on a NCAA Tournament qualifier. He’s a four-year letterwinner at Ferris State. Currently, he ranks as one of the nation’s top scoring defensemen this year with 25 points to date.