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Cooper Zech signs with AHL’s Providence Bruins, fourth Bulldog to sign with pro team


By @MichaelCaples –

Cooper Zech is heading to Rhode Island.

The South Lyon native has signed with the AHL’s Providence Bruins after one season with the Ferris State Bulldogs.

Zech, 20, posted 28 points as a freshman blueliner in Big Rapids; he was the first freshman since 1987-88 to lead Ferris State in scoring.

The preseason WCHA rookie of the year, Zech had posted 69 points in 58 games with the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild in 2017-18.

Prior to that, he played for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks and NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes.

Zech is the fourth member of the Bulldogs to sign a professional contract after the conclusion of Ferris State’s season. Three players have signed ECHL deals:

  • Corey Mackin signed with the Reading Royals
  • Craig Pelfrey signed with the Tulsa Oilers
  • Ryker Killins signed with the South Carolina Stingrays