Merrifield was a 1983-84 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association Second-Team pick and a CCHA All-Academic First-Team selection. He presently ranks 10th in FSU career scoring with 151 points on 49 goals and 102 assists in 137 contests. His 102 career assists is seventh highest among the school's all-time leaders. The Harper Woods native set school single-season marks for points with 73 total (20-53-73), which was broken in 2002-03, and assists (53), both of which occurred during the 1983-84 campaign. A 1983-84 team tri-captain, Merrifield led the Bulldogs in scoring that season with 73 points. He was twice named CCHA Player of the Week as a senior and once made Bulldog Athlete of the Month. Merrifield played two years in the East Sweden Ice Hockey League for Bofors of Karlskoga, leading the team in scoring both seasons. He was invited to the Los Angeles Kings' training camp in 1985-86. He co-founded System Solvers, Ltd., a computer software company, in 1986 in Detroit. The firm recently developed a project/process management software solution designed to manage distributed team projects. His firm was cited as one of Michigan's Top 100 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in 1997. He is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, assists with Leadership Oakland's "Build a Ramp" program and coaches two youth hockey teams. He resides in Warren with his wife, Michele, and two sons.