FSU defenseman Simon Denis inks pro contract with ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets

NEXT LEVEL: Ferris State University senior defenseman Simon Denis signed with the Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday. (Pioneer file photo)

NEXT LEVEL: Ferris State University senior defenseman Simon Denis signed with the Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The longest-tenured Ferris State University hockey player has inked a professional contract.

Fifth-year senior defenseman Simon Denis signed an amateur tryout contract with the Fort Wayne Comets of the East Coast Hockey League on Thursday.

Denis, the only player in FSU history to play on three NCAA tournament teams, becomes the second member of the 2015-16 squad to sign professionally, joining junior captain and New York Islanders signee Kyle Schempp.

The Burnaby, British Columbia native had seven goals and eight assists in 33 games this season, and finishes his collegiate career with 15 goals and 45 assists in 141 games.

He was among the finalists for the Senior CLASS Award as one of the nation’s top players on and off the ice this year and also earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association all-academic team honors for the second time.

Denis is the last member of the Bulldogs’ 2011-12 team that reached the NCAA national championship.

During the 2013-14 season, Denis played in six games for the Bulldogs before suffering a season-ending spinal injury. Last year, Denis returned to the ice as a redshirt junior and played a key role for the Bulldogs as FSU advanced to the WCHA Final Five.

He played in 35 contests and tallied 14 points on three goals and 11 assists while ranking as the team’s top scoring defenseman.

Denis also has been one of the Bulldogs’ most active participants off the ice. Besides annually assisting with a number of the team’s community service endeavors, he’s also worked the last three summers assisting the FSU athletics department’s marketing and sales efforts. He spearheaded the Bulldogs’ annual involvement with the area Special Olympics hockey team and was a driving force and creative mind behind the school’s first-ever “Pink In The Rink” game that benefited the Susan P. Wheatlake Wellness Center and raised support for breast cancer awareness.

Denis has served as the team’s representative on the Ferris State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and been active on campus in the sports communication program during his time at FSU.

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