Frozen Faceoff: Best Teams In College Hockey At The Xcel Energy Center

Frozen Faceoff: Best Teams In College Hockey At The Xcel Energy Center

August 30, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS IN COLLEGE HOCKEY WILL BE AT THE XCEL ENERGY CENTER THIS WEEKEND. WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HOCKEY CONFERENCE WITH US. JOSH, THANKS FOR COMING IN. WE HAVE SO MANY FANS OF THESE TEAMS THAT ARE IN THE FROZEN FACEOFF THIS WEEKEND HERE IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA. FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW, TELL US ABOUT THE CONFERENCE AND ABOUT THE FROZEN FACEOFF. WE HAVE EIGHT MEMBER SCHOOLS IN THE CONFERENCE. WE SPAN THE MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE, CENTRAL AND EASTERN. DENVER, COLORADO COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, OMAHA — MIAMI UNIVERSITY AND WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY. THE FROZEN FACEOFF IS OUR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT. WE START WITH ALL TEAMS IN THE TOURNAMENT AND WE GET DOWN TO THE REMAINING FOUR. IT IS REMAINING FOUR THIS WEEKEND IN ST. PAUL. WHO ARE THEY? UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA, ST. CLOUD STATE, MINNESOTA DULUTH AND THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER. GREAT AND HUGE RIVAL SCHOOLS TOO. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN. ABSOLUTELY. IT’LL BE A LOT OF FUN IN ST. PAUL. OBVIOUSLY ST. PAUL AND ST. PATRICK’S DAY ESPECIALLY IN AND OF ITSELF. GOOD LUCK FINDING A PARKING SPOT. YEAH. THIS CONFERENCE, ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY; CORRECT? WE HAVE THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. THAT’S ST. CLOUD STATE. WE’VE HAD THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY FOR TWO STRAIGHT YEARS EXCEPT FOR EIGHT WEEKS IN THAT TWO YEAR STRETCH. VERY COMPETITIVE HOCKEY PROGRAMS. VERY PRIDEFUL HOCKEY PROGRAMS. THEY DO GREAT THINGS ON THE ICE AND THEY HAVE DONE SO FOR MANY YEARS. YOU’VE PRODUCED THE LAST TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. YES. NORTH DAKOTA THE YEAR BEFORE. IT’S PROBABLY THE COMMISSIONER. WELL, I DON’T KNOW. MINNESOTA GUY IN CHARGE OF IT. YOU KNOW WE’RE GOOD. LAST YEAR, AND THE PREVIOUS YEARS IT’S BEEN HELD AT TARGET CENTER. THIS YEAR YOU GUYS ARE AT THE X. WHY THE CHANGE? WE’RE EXCITED. THE VENUE BECAME AVAILABLE AND IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER TO LOOK AT OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE BEST VENUES, IF NOT THE BEST IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE. A LOT OF OUR PLAYERS OBVIOUSLY ARE ASPIRING TO PLAY AT THAT LEVEL. THE EXPERIENCE FOR THEM, OBVIOUSLY THE EXPERIENCE FOR FANS IS INCREDIBLE OVER THERE. WE’RE EXCITED TO BE IN ST. PAUL. WHAT A THRILL FOR THESE COLLEGE ATHLETES OUT THERE WITH THAT CHANCE TO BE ON THE ICE. KNOWING A LOT OF THESE PLAYERS WILL BE BACK ON THAT ICE. ABSOLUTELY. YEAH. PRODUCED A LOT OF PRO PLAYERS. YEAH. SEVEN MADE THEIR DEBUT THIS YEAR AND 29 NCHC ALUMS HAVE PLAYED IN THE NHL. THAT’S THE THRILL FOR YOU AS A FAN OF HOCKEY YOU CAN GET OUT OF THE FROZEN FACEOFF. SEE THE NHL STARS OF TOMORROW WITH TWO GAMES EACH DAY AND SOME OF THE BEST COLLEGE HOCKEY IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. 4:00 AND 7:30 TONIGHT. AND THEN GAMES AT 3:30 AND 7:30 TOMORROW. TICKETS START AT $37.