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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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Hall of Fame

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jim Dowd Hockey 1987 - 1991 jim dowd

  • LSSU’s all-time single-season points leader with 92, and career points leader with 91 goals and 183 assists for 274 points
  • CCHA Player of the Year and Hobey Baker Award finalist, 1991
  • Earned All-America honors,  1990 and 1991
  • Member of the CCHA All-Decade Team, 1990s
  • Helped lead LSSU to the 1988 NCAA Championship and three NCAA Quarterfinal appearances, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • Helped lead Lakers to CCHA Playoff title in 1991 and two CCHA regular-season titles, 1988, 1991
  • Holds LSSU assists records for overall career (183) and CCHA career (121), and also overall single-season (67) and CCHA single-season (43)
  • As of 2009, is ranked first nationally in career NCAA Tournament points (8-15—23), second in career NCAA Tournament assists, seventh in most single-season assists, ninth in career assists and 14th in career points
  • Played 728 NHL games for 16 different teams during a 17-year professional career and helped the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup in 1995

Doug Weight Hockey 1989 - 1991

  • Earned NCAA All-America Second Team, CCHA All-Tournament Team and All-CCHA First Team honors, 1991 weight2
  • Top-scoring freshman in the nation and named to CCHA All-Rookie Team, 1989-90
  • Holds LSSU’s record for most game-winning goals in a season with 10, 1990-91
  • Ranks third and seventh, respectively, on LSSU’s all-time single-season points list with 29-46--75 in 1990-91 and 21-48—69 in 1989-90
  • Ranks fourth and is tied for eighth, respectively, on LSSU’s all-time CCHA single-season points list with 19-34--53 in 1990-91 and 14-33--47 in 1989-90
  • Ranks third and fourth, respectively, in LSSU’s single-season assists lists with 48 in 1989-90 and 46 in 1990-91, and is tied for second and ranks fourth in CCHA single-season assists with 34 in 1990-91 and 33 in 1989-90
  • Helped lead LSSU to CCHA regular-season and playoff titles in 1991 and two NCAA Quarterfinals appearances, 1990, 1991
  • Represented Team USA in the Olympic Games, 1998, 2002, 2006
  • LSSU’s second-highest NHL Draft pick, taken in the second round (34th overall) by the New York Rangers, 1990
  • Has played 19 professional seasons with six NHL teams and helped the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in 2006
  • Captained the New York Islanders, 2009-10 season
  • Played in NHL All-Star Games, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003



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