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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!