"This is really important to be here," Lewan said. "I'm here to give back and help out my teammate."
For those who are interested, new hockey season tickets are now available on mgoblue.com. Obviously not the greatest home schedule this year, but this might be a good chance to grab a spot for what will likely be Red's swan song season. If you're on the fence, it might also be a good chance to get in before the inevitable resurgence of Michigan hockey in the near future. The prices for new tickets are as follows:
- Endzone (Sections 10, 13, 23, 24, 28, 29): $340 per ticket
- Endzone middle (Sections 11, 12, 25, 26, 27): $395 per ticket
I'll see you guys at Yost!
Hockey fans, we started our MGoBlog pool in the NHL Bracket challenge a few months back at the start of the playoffs. I had said I'd give the updated standings periodically, but I didn't because I suck (but really I moved to Africa).
Since then we've seen some interesting stories in the playoffs, which have unfortunately included the elimination of our beloved Wings. Now we're watching the Bowmans' Blackhawks against Stevie Y's Lightnighg battle for the Cup.
Here's the standings of our top 10 (plus my pathetic effort), better late than never:
The local Pittsburgh newspaper had a brief article stating that Robert Morris (RMU) will be heading to Yost for 2 games on Oct 30 and 31. I think this is a solid team in the non-con. RMU was in the top 25-30 most of the year last year.
I hope Michigan returns the favor next year, as I live about 10 minutes from the RMU hockey rink.
USA Hockey is completing the process of moving into USA Hockey Arena, formerly Compuware Arena, in Plymouth. I came across this interesting interview with Scott Monaghan, USA Hockey senior director of operations, where he discusses the process.
Not surprisingly, the USNTDP felt it had outgrown the AA Ice Cube, and with their newfound seating capacity (~4,000) in Plymouth they're looking to schedule a major college with the U18 team:
With enough seating for nearly 4,000 fans, he is looking to annually schedule a handful of games against NCAA hockey programs, including Division I teams such as Michigan or Michigan State.
In our context (college hockey fans) this seems fairly unlikely, but I hope Michigan can find a way to help raise the profile of both the USNTDP and USA Hockey's new flagship space, even if it falls short of playing an actual road game in Plymouth. They're planning on winning bids for 3-4 international events each year starting in 2016.
Season tickets are on sale as well.
Nieves and Selman as alternates
Great win for the softball team tonight. Enjoyed watching it.
I'm curious: will you be watching:
- Softball game.
- Stanley cup.
I'll actually be watching neither to start, because of my son's little league game. However, as a Blackhawks fan, the Stanley Cup trumps women's softball for me.
I'm kind of curious how much the Stanley Cup has interest for non-Blackhawks non-Tampa Bay folks, both hockey and non-hockey fans. I know there are many, many Red Wings fans here on the board, who will either watch to see someone beat the Blackhawks, or not watch at all. Obviously, the Stanley Cup has limited interest for many on the board, but I'd love to hear who is actually watching it outside of Chicago fans.