Bulldogs Make It Big

Former Ferris athletes head to big leagues

by Published: Aug 26, 2013

The sum­mer of 2013 was a big one for for­mer Ferris State Bulldogs who have made it in the big leagues.

Winnipeg Jets’ for­ward Zach Redmond, who missed much of last sea­son with a grue­some leg injury, still man­aged to land a one-year deal worth $715,000 at the NHL level.

Calder Cup Champion defense­man Chad Billins, who was with the Detroit Red Wings orga­ni­za­tion in 2012, will make $832,500 at the NHL level. Unfortunately for Billins’ fol­low­ing it will not be for the Red Wings.

Billins will join the Calgary Flames this fall and will most likely begin with their minor league team. Billins was one of the top defense­men in the American Hockey League in 2012, and he was even an All-Star for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Captaining the 2012–13 squad, Kyle Bonis led the Bulldogs in their final CCHA Campaign. Bonis is now with the Norfolk Admirals, who are affil­i­ated with the Anaheim Ducks on an Amateur Tryout Contract.

Former Ferris defen­sive end Jordan Morgan earned a rookie try­out with the New York Giants, and was the first Bulldog since Angelo Williams in 2010 to receive a shot in the NFL.

For a uni­ver­sity whose ath­let­ics are Division II out­side of hockey, it was a wildly suc­cess­ful summer.