Vipers’ Kane commits to Ferris State

The Ferris State Bulldogs have just signed one of the best shots in the B.C. Hockey League. Vernon Vipers’ forward Cory Kane has committed to play with the Bulldogs of the NCAA’s Central Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2010/11 season.

Kane, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound Irvine, Calif. product, recorded 20 goals for 44 points and 44 penalty minutes in his rookie season.

“They treated me very well and it seemed like they really wanted me,” said the 18-year-old, who recently returned from a flydown to Big  Rapids, Michigan. “They seemed like genuine people that you can trust, and that’s what I was looking for.”

While getting a scholarship signed is one less thing to worry about, Kane says there is still pressure to perform. 

“You can relax a little bit, you’ve got that pressure off your back, but you’ve still got to have a big year. They’ll be counting on me as a second-year player.”

Vernon head coach Mark Ferner sees solid potential in Kane, and is looking forward to seeing him develop for one more season in a Vipers’ jersey.

“He’s got all the tools to be not only a good junior player, but a good college player and pro as well. “All the tools are there, it’s just a matter of putting it all together.”

The Bulldogs were 9-14-5 last season.