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Bozoian chosen for Skills Challenge
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Ever since he was accepted as a student at Fredonia State, Kyle Bozoian has been exceeding expectations.
As a hockey player, the senior forward from St. Charles, Mo., has crept up the Blue Devil all-time scoring list season-by season. He's second on the team this season in scoring (14 goals, 13 assists) and with 98 points in 111 games, he has at least one more chance to reach the 100-point mark when the Blue Devils play at Plattsburgh for the SUNYAC title Saturday night.
His senior year on ice won't end Saturday, win or lose. Bozoian learned this week he was chosen to the eight-player East Team for the second annual Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, to be held April 6 and televised on ESPNU from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
"I am so proud of Kyle being named to this great honor," Blue Devil head coach Jeff Meredith said. "It is a true testament to his dedication and commitment as a student and an athlete. What a great way to cap a tremendous college career."
"I am extremely excited and honored to be nominated to the Frozen Four Skills Challenge," Bozoian said. "I am proud that I will get a chance to represent my school and the SUNYAC conference in this event.
"It is also especially exciting that the Frozen Four will be held in St. Louis this year, which is where I am originally from. It will be nice to participate an event like this in familiar surrounding where my friends and family can enjoy it as well."
Bozoian took the long way to Fredonia State. After graduation from high school, he played junior hockey in Danville, Ill., and in Fairbanks, Alaska. When it came time to choose a college, Bozoian applied to Fredonia State but wasn't immediately accepted.
"He was alot like many students who come in a little bit older in that he really never reached his academic potential in high school," said Meredith, who advocated -- along with Athletic Director Greg Prechtl -- to have the admissions department reconsider.
Bozoian eventually received his acceptance with the stipulation he pull up his grades or, in Meredith's words, "his college experience would be brief."
It has been nothing of the sort. Bozoian's 111 games played is most among all current Blue Devils. Furthermore, he has been a solid student. His grade-point average last spring was the highest on the team, followed by the second-highest GPA last fall (both above 3.70). He's on target to graduate in May with a degree in economics.
"Kyle is," Meredith said, "the type of student who just needed a chance. Fredonia took that chance on him and now Kyle is the only Division III hockey player in the Eastern U.S. who was selected to go to this prestigeous event."
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