Hockey

Gophers, Badgers to Play Outdoor Hockey Game

It’s been talked about and reported on for months but now it’s official: Two Big Ten men’s hockey teams will play a game at Chicago’s Soldier Field next winter as part of the inaugural Hockey City Classic. The doubleheader will feature Notre Dame vs. Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin.

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Michigan State releases new hockey uniforms

The Michigan State men’s hockey team will have four new jersey designs for the 2012-13 season, the school announced Thursday. Featured in the new collection, the Spartans will introduce new standard home and away jerseys, as well as a pair of vintage sweaters. See a picture of the combinations and tell us if you like the new looks in this post.

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Michigan Hockey Unveils New Look

Michigan unveiled plans for new men’s hockey uniforms for the blue and maize jerseys, and they have a little something old and a little something new. Note that the white jersey will remain unchanged. It’s a move to honor some of the great Michigan teams of the past. As the release notes, “fans will recognize Michigan’s redesigned maize jersey as the same uniform that the Wolverines wore in the “Big Chill at the Big House” outdoor game vs. Michigan State.” See the video from that game in this post to refresh your memory. You can also see the new jerseys over at MGoBlue.com, where they launched a full photo gallery of the uniforms, too.

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Big Ten announces Men's Hockey Tourney Sites

Men’s hockey will become an official Big Ten sport in the 2013-14 academic year, so with that in mind, the Big Ten Conference office announced Thursday that its tournaments will be held at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2014 and 2016, and at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., in 2015 and 2017.

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Minnesota knocked out of Frozen Four

Playing in its first NCAA Frozen Four game since 2005, the Minnesota men’s hockey team was eliminated from the tournament with a 6-1 loss to No. 1 overall seed Boston College at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. The Eagles have handed the Gophers their last two NCAA Tournament losses. The Eagles (32-10-1) will carry an 18-game winning streak into Saturday night’s Frozen Four final against Ferris State, which beat Union College 3-1 in the first semifinal. Boston College is seeking its fifth national title. Minnesota (28-14-1) made its first Frozen Four appearance since 2005. Full bracket at NCAA.com. And read more at GopherSports.com.

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Frozen Four Preview: Minnesota vs. BC

Minnesota is in the Frozen Four for the first time since 2005. The Gophers, which beat North Dakota in the West Regional finals, take on No. 1 seed Boston College at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Beat Boston College, and Minnesota would play the Ferris State-Union winner at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. See GopherSports.com’s Frozen Four Preview and Frozen Four Central page, plus watch all of GopherAthletics YouTube videos.

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Surprise Call: Michigan G Hunwick to Columbus

Talk about a whirlwind day. Waiting to attend his Astronomy 101 class Wednesday, former Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick received a phone call he’ll never forget. It was from Michigan assistant Brian Wiseman, who told him to get down to Yost Arena right away. The reason: The Columbus Blue Jackets needed a backup goalie for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, of all teams.

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