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   # 3 - Joe Van Culin
Joe Van Culin
Ferris State
Position:
Defenseman

Height:
5-10

Weight:
176

Year:
Senior

Hometown:
Monticello, Minn.

Junior Team:
Wichita Falls (AWHL)

2006-07: An experienced defender . . . One of team’s best skating defenseman . . . Emerged as one of team’s leaders . . . Excellent defender and is also capable of being an offensive contributor . . . Effective specialty-teams skater . . . Team-oriented . . . Plays with a lot of passion.

2005-06: Skated in 36 of team’s 40 games . . . Compiled six points and was plus nine for the season . . . FSU Dean’s Academic Award honoree . . . Lone marker represented the game-winner versus Western Michigan (2/4) . . . Had three points (0-3=3) in a four-game span (2/25-3/10) . . . Notched an assist apiece against Michigan twice (2/25 and 3/10).

2004-05: Participated in all 39 contests . . . Ferris’ CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Nominee and FSU Dean’s Academic Award winner . . . Produced a career-best 11 points to rank 10th in team scoring and was the Bulldogs’ second-highest scoring defenseman . . . Shared top squad honors with three game-winning helpers . . . Posted a season-high two points (1-1=2) against Connecticut (11/12), which included the game-winner . . . Started season with an assist apiece in Colgate (10/8-9) series . . . Scored a power-play marker at Western Michigan (12/3) and tallied against Northern Michigan (2/25) . . . Tallied a season-best three points in six November encounters (1-2=3) and again in five December contests (1-2=3).

2003-04: Saw ice time in 20 games, including the season’s final 12 outings . . . Scored at Michigan State (3/12) in CCHA Tourney’s First-Round Series opening contest . . . Credited with an assist at Bowling Green State (12/5) and at Nebraska-Omaha (1/7).

High School/Junior: Competed for the Wichita Falls (Texas) Rustlers of the America West Hockey League in 2002-03 under coach Brian Meisner . . . A second-team all-AWHL selection in 2002-03 . . . Tallied 13 goals with 22 assists for 35 points to rank fifth among the AWHL’s scoring defensemen . . . Recipient of team’s United Regional Health Care System Community Service Award for community involvement . . . Captained a USA Team which toured in Prague, Czech Republic . . . Started 2001-02 season for the Northwest Wisconsin Knights of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League and had 60 points (21-39=60) in 30 games . . . Completed campaign with the Springfield Spirit, recording 10 points (5-5=10) in 21 contests . . . Had 94 points (39-55=94) in 2000-01 with Northwest Wisconsin Knights and was the league’s Player of the Month . . . A 2000 graduate of Monticello High School . . . Prepped by Dan Germundson . . . Concluded prep career as school’s all-time leading scorer . . . Four-time all-league pick . . . Two-time all-conference football pick . . . Three-time all-conference baseball performer.

Personal: Born 6/12/82 in Monticello, Minn. . . . Son of Duane and Roxane Van Culin . . . . Father works as a control room operator and mother is a therapist . . . Has two younger brothers and a sister . . . Enjoys sports, wakeboarding, hunting and fishing . . . Shoots: left . . . FSU Letters: Three . . . Accountancy major.

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