Ferris State’s Schempp Talks NHL

BIG RAPIDS – After a three-year collegiate hockey career, Ferris State junior captain Kyle Schempp is taking his career to the next level.

Earlier this week, the center signed a professional contract with the New York Islanders.

Selected 155th overall by the Islanders in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, Schempp compiled 66 points on 29 goals and 37 assists in 121 games over three seasons with the Bulldogs.

This season, Schempp led Ferris State to its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five Championship and third appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament in five years.

“I’ve known, for maybe a little bit now, of what could happen at the end of the year,” Schempp said. “I was just kind of keeping those thoughts to myself and kind of playing through them and now the time has finally come.  It’s an adventure, and a challenge that I’m looking forward to.

“From top down, this university has given me a lot, and I really appreciate the support they’ve given me."

A two-year, entry-level deal, Schempp will join the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.