I used to make fun of these contrived rivalry trophies that have no history other than being created in a marketing room.
Sigh......The Iron D is what Michigan will now play for in the annual hockey game against state in Detroit.
Mike Bayoff, Director of Strategic Hockey Alliances for the Red Wings/Olympia Entertainment, told the Free Press that U-M coach Red Berenson and MSU coach Tom Anastos will help play a role in the creation of the rival trophy, which will go to the winner of the annual game played in Detroit.
Bayoff said Michigan and Michigan State play for the Paul Bunyan Trophy in football, and Olympia Entertainment wanted to create something to signify the hockey rivalry when the game is played in Detroit.
The U-M/MSU hockey game at Joe Louis Arena has recently been termed “The Duel in the D.”
“We wanted to have something that was our own when the two hockey teams from each university comes here to the Joe,” Bayoff said. “The trophy that will be unveiled is called the Iron D."