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Ouellette loops the knots of his skates in final season with Ferris as Bulldogs' co-leader

by Published: Jan 23, 2013

012313_travis_BrockIn his final year wear­ing a Ferris jer­sey, senior cen­ter Travis Ouellette has been char­ac­ter­ized as a gritty face-off tak­ing play­maker that is an assis­tant cap­tain on the Bulldogs’ top line.

Ouellette, a mar­ket­ing major at Ferris, is on a three-game goal streak since the Bulldogs’ 3–1 home win against Ohio State on Jan. 12. He has five points in the Bulldogs’ 4–1 begin­ning to the new year.

“It’s your last bang before you get the real life sce­nario. Are you going to go play pro­fes­sion­ally or call it quits and get a job? That pushes any player to play his best,” Ouellette said.

Ouellette and senior cap­tain and left wing Kyle Bonis have shared the same line for much of their career at Ferris.

“Chemistry is so impor­tant to play­ing together,” Bonis said.

Ouellette’s line fea­tures three Ferris skaters with dif­fer­ent roles. Ouellette acts as play­maker, seek­ing Ferris’ top goal scor­ers Bonis and junior for­ward Garrett Thompson as tar­gets. Thompson also plays the role of hard­work­ing power mule, Ouellette acknowledged.

With time dwin­dling and the Bulldogs’ cur­rent run, Ouellette hopes Ferris will keep play­ing its best hockey. Continued pro­duc­tion from Ouellette’s line will be needed as play­offs approach.

“We have some tough games ahead, but we’ve really matured over the course of the year,” Ouellette said. “This being our last year, we both know what we want to accom­plish and the only way we can accom­plish that is together.”

This sea­son, Ouellette has scored seven goals and tal­lied 10 assists for 17 points.

As a smaller skater—5-foot-9 and about 170 pounds—Ouellette is unafraid of most oppo­nents that he meets skate to skate with.

He admit­ted to hav­ing a com­plex about the size of his body dur­ing youth. Ouellette’s tem­per flared at play­ers of a larger stature when they thought they could push him around with­out response.

“He is a gritty player. He plays with an edge that can some­times end up with Bonis and I exchang­ing a few dishes with oppos­ing play­ers after the whis­tle,” Thompson said.

Ouellette, still deter­mined to tou­sle, adamantly avoids turn­ing away from big­ger skaters and prefers to get under their skin when the oppor­tu­nity is present, hop­ing his oppo­si­tion is stirred enough to take a penalty.

In his first three sea­sons with Ferris, Ouellette main­tained time spent in the sin bin at 47.3 min­utes per year.

Ouellette plans to play pro­fes­sional hockey upon grad­u­a­tion from Ferris.