Blog: The State of Hockey

Last weekend was a big hockey weekend in Minnesota; as most weeks/weekends are between the months of October and April. Marking the eighth year of Hockey Day Minnesota, 16 hours of hockey related TV programming, the ninth year of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis, and the first ever outdoor hockey game at TCF Bank Stadium, the hockey weekend started with the Minnesota Gophers’ hockey teams taking to the ice on Friday night for the 2014 Hockey City Classic.

Last weekend was a big hockey weekend in Minnesota; as most weeks/weekends are between the months of October and April. Marking the eighth year of Hockey Day Minnesota, 16 hours of hockey related TV programming, the ninth year of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis, and the first ever outdoor hockey game at TCF Bank Stadium, the hockey weekend started with the Minnesota Gophers’ hockey teams taking to the ice on Friday night for the 2014 Hockey City Classic.

The 2014 Hockey City Classic started at 4:30pm with the women’s Minnesota Gophers hockey team taking on Minnesota State-Mankato. The Gopher women proudly skated off the ice finishing the game with a 4-0 victory, shutting out the Mavericks. Next up, the Gopher men’s hockey team took to the ice with a steady growing crowd and a steady decreasing temperature. Luckily, Lindsay Spiros in our office was able to join in the festivities.

Hockey Weekend | By: Lindsay Spiros
Bundled up in layers of warm clothes we (a handful of friends, my boyfriend and I) started the day tailgating in a parking lot a few blocks from TCF Bank Stadium. With the sun shining and the warm coffee/hot chocolate libations, I was feeling pretty comfortable while standing out in the -2°F wind-chill. After a few hours of standing around, our group, a whopping 38 of us, met up at a nearby restaurant for food and a quick warm up before heading out to the men’s game at 8pm.

As we made our way into the packed stadium I could feel the excitement of the girl’s victory and the anticipation of the Gopher men taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Last year my boyfriend and I traveled to Chicago for the Gophers vs. Badgers outside hockey game at Soldier Field. We thought our lower level seats in Chicago were going to be fantastic but, unfortunately, due to the angle of the football stadium seating it was difficult to see plays being made on the ice. This year we bought upper level tickets and were very impressed by the view and were able to see every hit, shot and goal on the ice at TCF Bank Stadium – definitely more fun than the previous year.

Even with a low scoring game, the fans were loud, yelling the normal chants that are heard inside Mariucci Arena, making for a thrilling game in the end. The Gopher men left the ice with a 1-0 victory over the Buckeyes, remaining first place in the Big Ten and leaving a record breaking +45,000 fans satisfied. I would gladly go to more outdoor hockey games in the future; even if it means that my toes will freeze like they did by the end of that game.



As a true fan of hockey (or maybe because I’m a nice girlfriend), the next day we made it out to see a few hours of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. With +14 shoveled off “rinks” on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, this event is a fun one to get out and see, and also family friendly. After another frigid day outside, we got together with friends and watched the Hockey Day Minnesota games from the comfort of the couch. I would say that it was a very successful hockey weekend with both Minnesota Gopher hockey teams winning and the Minnesota Wild winning as well. I will be thawing out until next year!

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