Michigan loses to Alaska 2-0, ending a seven day stretch including a loss to MSU, the Tigers blowing the division by losing a series to Chicago and falling in a heartbreaker to the Twins, and the Wings losing Franzen for four months in their first win of the season (coming off being swept by St. Louis).
On the bright side, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize...
First of all, I want to state the obvious: Yost is awesome. The building is beautiful, the crowd is crazy, the team competes for championships year in and year out, and the only times we have seen a sports atmosphere like it are a select few football games (2003 OSU, 2004 MSU, 2005 PSU, 2009 Notre Dame). I have been going to games for almost fifteen years, first as a kid whenever my neighbors had extra tickets, and now as a student. I love Yost and we absolutely do not want anything about it to change, but I think it can be even better.
Last winter, after traveling to several road games and NCAA Regionals in Bridgeport, my friend and I decided that there should be a hockey student organization equivalent to what Maize Rage is for basketball. Our intention is not to change the Yost experience or impose ideas on the student section in any way. We are not trying to script the cheers because, let’s be honest, nothing beats a clever cheer that starts spontaneously (“Potato famine” against Notre Dame for example). However, there are some easy things we can do.
Our primary goal is to make it easier for students to travel to road games, CCHA playoffs, and NCAA playoffs. Last year when we went to Bridgeport, our friends were the only active students in the crowd. We know there are plenty of fans out there who would love to make the trip given a more obvious opportunity. There is no reason why we couldn’t fill up a charter bus or two, get a cheap rate for a block of hotels, and have an unbelievable weekend. Similarly, CCHA playoffs are less than an hour away and almost half of our conference opponents are within two hours of Ann Arbor (MSU, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Western). We have discussed our plan with the athletic department and they are fully on-board. There are logistics to work out, but they want to provide buses to games in Detroit and potentially others far away. They want to work with us if we can make this happen.
In addition to road trips, we want to try to make the student section more cohesive. In my experience, nothing makes a group closer than traveling together, but there are plenty of things we can do in Ann Arbor. The athletic department has told us that they have plenty of money for promotions and events. There could be pre-game tailgates, like the preseason hockey barbecue. One idea they had was a tricycle race tournament before the game in the parking lot, with the semifinals and finals on the ice between periods. They also want to do more t-shirt giveaways and other promotions. Not only does the athletic department want a student group to work with and bounce ideas off of, we can serve as an outlet for student ideas and facilitate a dialogue with the athletic department.
Although we came up with the idea and are working to get it off the ground, this group will not work without popular support. The last thing we want to do is impose our ideas and our will on the rest of the student section. We are open to any ideas and, more importantly, we are looking for other students who want to get involved. Although we have an idea of what our goals are, we want as much input and help from other students as we can get so that this becomes a group for all of Yost and all students, not just the two of us and the athletic department. There are several ways to get in touch with us and become involved. Join our facebook group called Michigan Hockey Student Section, send us an email at email@example.com, talk to us at our table at the student ticket hockey barbecue this Thursday, or, most importantly come to our mass meeting in the Union Tap Room on Tuesday October 6 at 7:00 PM. Go Blue!
A new season of Michigan Hockey is quickly approaching, and I know i am very excited after last season's disappointing end. I figured I should share my excitement by sparking some discussion on mgoboard because mgoboard is really the best place to discuss anything. So one thing that I have been wondering is who everyone thinks will be the new guys on the team who come in and contribute right away? Also, i was wondering how everyone thinks we will do this season.
I'm going to be a grad student at UW this fall. While I was browsing the UWBadgers.com website, I came across a little nugget here: http://www.uwbadgers.com/tickets/mhky/page_840.html
"The grounds of Camp Randall have been host to many historic events throughout Wisconsin’s history. From its place as a training ground for soldiers of the Civil War to its more recent distinction as the home of the Wisconsin Football Badgers, a more hallowed parcel of ground is hard to find throughout Wisconsin. On February 6, 2010 the University of Wisconsin will build on Camp Randall’s bedrock position in this state’s history as the Wisconsin Men’s Hockey and Women’s Hockey teams take to the outdoor ice against Michigan (men) and Bemidji State (women)."
What do you guys think about this? Being an avid NHL fan, it sounds like they're riding on the success of the NHL's winter hockey classics (which have been pretty awesome to say the least) but the fact that UM is playing makes it a draw for me.. I'll probably purchase 2 student tickets, as it's just $10 apiece.
So mitigating the fact that we lost last night to Air Force, not only did we as a #1 seed lose, #4 seed (but dynasty) Miami beat their #1 seed Denver, Bemidji is beating Notre Dame 3-0 tonight, and all in all, you'd be 3-5 in betting (assuming ND loses) all favorites in the first round. Not a good year for chalk in mens hockey. I guess it's just one of those years.... Obviously since the WCHA didn't have 8 of the 12 teams in the tourney.
Just a heads up for all Mgoblog East Coasters. I just picked up tickets to the regional hockey final on Saturday in Bridgeport, CT (which I just learned is about a 90 minute train ride from NYC). The Web site indicated that there were no tickets at this time, but I called Ticketmaster and got 2. I'm in Section 116. Hopefully I won't be in the middle of a bunch of Yalies.