By @MichaelCaples –
Cullen Barber’s going from the Spartans to the Bulldogs.
The former Livonia Stevenson standout goaltender has announced his commitment to Ferris State.
Barber, brother of Washington Capitals forward Riley Barber, led Stevenson to back-to-back state finals appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Interestingly enough, however, Barber didn’t play competitive hockey during the 2016-17 season.
“It’s funny how things work,” Barber told MiHockey. “After my high school career had ended, I had multiple opportunities to play for junior organizations that never quite panned out. I was then considering just going to school strictly for academics.”
Then, Bob Daniels and Ferris State came calling.
“Ferris State reached out to me with an open roster spot,” Barber said. “They explained the situation and have both top goaltenders returning. I fully understand what is expected and what my role will be.”
It’s certainly a worthwhile endeavor for both parties. In Cullen, the Bulldogs get a goaltender who was a first-team all-state selection, high school hockey dream team selection and an invitee to USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp in 2015.
For Cullen, it’s another shot at high-level hockey at a program that has recently developed goaltenders like C.J. Motte, Taylor Nelson and Pat Nagle. Other notable goalies who have suited up for the Bulldogs include Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, new NTDP coach Seth Appert and USA Hockey American Development Model Goaltending Manager Phil Osaer.
“My connection to Michigan high school hockey and the success I had over four years in addition to the success they have had drawing from high school made their job easier trusting that I could fill such a role,” Barber said. “I can’t thank my friends and family and past coaches enough for sticking by me throughout the years.
“I can’t express how grateful I am to have the opportunity to grow and develop as a person and player at Ferris State.”
— Cullen (@CullenBarber) July 13, 2017
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