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FERSCHWEILER NAMED GRIFFINS ASSISTANT COACH

Pat Ferschweiler
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced the addition of Pat Ferschweiler to their hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. He replaces Jim Paek, who served as the Griffins' assistant coach for nine seasons (2005-14) before being named director of hockey for the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) and head coach of the Korean Men’s National Team in July.

Ferschweiler, 44, recently concluded his fourth season behind the bench at Western Michigan University, where he helped the team to a 19-16-5 record. The Rochester, Minn., native served as an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2010-13 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2013-14 season.

In his inaugural campaign with Western Michigan in 2010-11, Ferschweiler served under the charge of current Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill and helped the team to a 19-13-10 record, more than doubling the win total from the Broncos’ previous season. Blashill and Ferschweiler’s squad finished fourth in the CCHA with a conference record of 10-9-9 and earned its first bid to the CCHA championship game since 1996 after defeating the top-seeded Michigan, 5-2, in the CCHA semifinals.

During his second season with Western Michigan, Ferschweiler assisted the Broncos in earning their first CCHA Tournament championship since 1986. Under his guidance, current Red Wings defenseman and former Griffin Danny DeKeyser was named Second Team All-CCHA and Second Team All-American.

In 2004, Ferschweiler took on the role of general manager and head coach of the Russell Stover Under-18 team of the Midwest Elite Hockey League. In six seasons at the helm of the U18 team, Ferschweiler established the club as one of the country’s elite hockey programs and led the team to numerous Midwest Regional Championships. Most recently, he helped Russell Stover to a third-place finish at the 2010 USA Hockey Tier I 18U National Tournament.

On top of his coaching duties with Russell Stover, Ferschweiler simultaneously acted as the director of hockey for the Kansas City Stars youth organization from 2005-09 and helped train coaches at both the travel and house level.
 
“I am excited to add Pat to our staff,” said Blashill. “Having worked together at WMU, I know firsthand that Pat is an outstanding hockey coach. He excels in developing players, and he has a great hockey mind and a great ability to communicate his thoughts. Most importantly, Pat relates to his players and builds relationships that extend beyond his time coaching them. He’ll be a great asset to the Griffins and Red Wings organizations.”

Prior to his coaching career, Ferschweiler enjoyed an eight-year playing career spanning the International Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and British Ice Hockey Superleague. Most notably, he spent six seasons as a right wing with the IHL’s Kansas City Blades, who were owned by Griffins President & CEO Dan DeVos. Ferschweiler was one of the most prominent players in Blades history, compiling 159 points (46-113—159) in 355 games to rank among the franchise’s all-time leaders in games played (4th), assists (8th) and points (9th).

Ferschweiler is a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan, where he spent three seasons (1990-93) with the Broncos and accumulated 95 points (30-65—95) in 116 collegiate games. In his senior campaign, he earned honors as the Rob Hodge Most Valuable Player after amassing a career-best 15 goals and 20 assists.

Ferschweiler's Coaching Record

 
        Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League Position GP W L T OTL SOL PCT GP W L PCT
2004-05 Russell Stover U18 MWEHL Head Coach  58  31  20  7 -- -- 0.595 -- -- -- --
2005-06 Russell Stover U18 MWEHL Head Coach 54 31 15 8 -- -- 0.648  --  --  --  --
2006-07 Russell Stover U18 MWEHL Head Coach 67 40 18 9 -- --  0.664 -- -- -- --
2007-08 Russell Stover U18 MWEHL Head Coach 69  42 17 10 -- --  0.681 -- -- -- --
2008-09 Russell Stover U18 MWEHL Head Coach 64 25 32 7 -- --  0.445 -- -- -- --
2009-10 Russell Stover U18 MWEHL Head Coach 62 37 19  6 -- --  0.645 -- -- -- --
2010-11 Western Michigan CCHA Assistant Coach 42 19 13 10 -- -- 0.571 -- -- -- --
2011-12 Western Michigan CCHA Assistant Coach 41 21 14 6 -- -- 0.585 -- -- -- --
2012-13 Western Michigan CCHA Assistant Coach 38 19 11 8 -- -- 0.605 -- -- -- --
2013-14 Western Michigan NCHC Associate Head Coach 40 19 16 5 -- -- 0.538 -- -- -- --


Ferschweiler's Playing Record


      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP

PTS PIM
1989-90 Rochester USHL 44 22 35 57 28 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 Western Michigan CCHA 42 7 13 20 71 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Western Michigan CCHA 36 8 32 40 56 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 Western Michigan CCHA 38 15 20 35 58 -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 Roanoke ECHL 68 27 58 85 79 2 0 1 1 2
1994-95 Roanoke ECHL 22 8 22 30 44 -- -- -- -- --
  Minnesota IHL 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
  Kansas City IHL 49 11 18 29 28 20 2 4 6 22
1995-96 Kansas City IHL 16 0 3 3 8 -- -- -- -- --
  San Francisco IHL 42 3 7 10 42 4 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Kansas City IHL 49 4 6 10 42 2 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Kansas City IHL 79 16 27 43 73 10 2 2 4 8
1998-99 Kansas City IHL 80 7 38 45 66 3 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Kansas City IHL 82 8 21 29 66 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 London BISL 39 3 17 20 26 -- -- -- -- --
  IHL TOTALS  398 49
120
169
 325 39 4 8 12 34
  PRO TOTALS  527 87 217 304  474 41 4 9 13 36

 


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