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on Mar 15, 2010

Strathroy Rocket 2009-2010 regular season and playoff season scoring champion Chris Bodo has committed to a full scholarship at Mercyhurst College for the 2011 season. Mercyhurst is a Catholic liberal arts college in Erie, Pennsylvania. Their enrollment is nearly 3500 students of which 15% are student-athletes. The college is one of the few schools in the region on a trimester academic period system.

Men's Ice Hockey, which competes in the Atlantic Hockey Division and Women's Ice Hockey, are the only two Division I sports on the campus. Mercyhurst also has 22 Division II sports. The Atlantic Hockey Division comprises 12 teams from primarily, Massachusetts, New York State, Connecticut and Pennsylvania with one school, the United States Air Force Academy from Colorado Springs, Colorado. The United States Military Academy from West Point, New York also competes in the Atlantic Hockey Division.

Mercyhurst are three-time champions since 2001 and finalists the past two seasons. 

Former notable alumni from Mercyhurst include James "Buster" Douglas (former world heavyweight boxing champion and the first boxer to defeat Mike Tyson), John Costello (MLB), David Lee (MLB), Terrance Patrick (CFL), Mike McLennan (NLL), Patrick Merrill (NLL), Anthony Maher (MLS) and Pat Harkins (Pennsylvania House of Representatives). 

Now at 18-years of age, the 5' 9" fleet-footed, 185 lb. right-shooting right winger played for the Central Elgin Express of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League scoring 16 times and adding 15 assists for 31 points in 31 games during the 2007-08 season. Bodo also dressed for 13 games that season with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League London Nationals scoring once. 

In his first full season in the GOJHL, Bodo split his season between the London Nationals and the Rockets. Bodo began the season with the Nats notching 11 goals and adding 14 assists for 25 points in 37 games before being dispatched to the Rockets in a mid-season trade. He added another 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in his final 16 games of the 2008-09 season with the Rockets. 

This season Bodo destroyed the league and terrorized opposition goaltenders scoring 49 goals while setting up 48 others for 97 points in 50 games. On a line with rookie centre Alex Avery (30-44-74) and left winger Walter Easter (29-64-93) the trio were the highest scoring line in the entire GOJHL and the second highest scoring line in Strathroy's 42-year-old junior hockey history. Bodo's 97 points left him in third place in league scoring and second in Western Conference scoring.

Bodo also led the Rockets in playoff scoring with 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points in 5 games. Bodo figured in on 10 of the Rockets' 14 goals scored in the post-season. 

Bodo's 49 goals placed him 3rd all-time in Strathroy single season goal scoring while his 97 points ranked him 5th all time in Strathroy single season scoring. Bodo also set a new franchise record with an 8-game goal-scoring streak that he set twice during the season.

Bodo had 6 game-winning goals. He also added 11 game-winning assists for 17 game-winning points setting a new franchise record. Bodo finished the season with 1 empty net goal, 8 first goals, 3 proximity goals, 5 tying goals, 3 tie-breaking goals, 2 shootout goals, 11 two-goal games, 1 three-goal game, 18 powerplay goals, 3 shorthanded goals, 24 home goals and 25 road goals.

Bodo fired 270 shots on opposition goaltenders setting a new franchise record. His 5.40 shots per game also set a new franchise record. Bodo also becomes the first Strathroy player to average more than 5 shots on goal per game. 

He was named a second team All Star right-winger and was named as the Western Conference Offensive Player of the Month for February. Bodo was also selected to participate in the 2010 GOJHL Prospect Game where he was named Most Valuable Player. 

Bodo will return to the Rockets next season and begin his scholarship the following year during the 2011-2012 season. Bodo is the son of Gabe and Nettie Bodo. The Bodo family resides in St. Thomas. 

Bodo becomes the 12th Rocket to earn a Division I scholarship since 1996. The list includes Shawn Arvai (University of Alabama-Huntsville), Greg Benedetti (Ohio State), Chris Bodo (Mercyhurst College), Chris Brekelmans (Clarkson), Jeff Campbell (University of Western Michigan), Max Campbell (University of Western Michigan), Ryan Maki (Harvard), Andy McDonald (Colgate), Rob McFeeters (Clarkson), Matt Nicholson (Colgate), Sean Nolan (Colgate) and Kyle Wilson (Colgate).