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Gophers looking at downsized Mariucci Arena

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The University of Minnesota athletic department is looking at changes to Mariucci Arena, including a smaller ice sheet and more seating. Read More »

Xcel Energy Center lands 2018 Frozen Four

Xcel Energy Center, 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

The NCAA hockey championship is returning to St. Paul in 2018, as the Xcel Energy Center and the University of Minnesota will host the 2018 Frozen Four. Read More »

New for 2013: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center

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St. Cloud State University officials decided not to pursue a commercial naming-rights deal and instead went with a sentimental choice for an arena name change: Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Read More »

WCHA shrinks even further in 2013

The WCHA, already reeling from the loss of some high-profile Big Ten schools, is losing five more members in 2013, as the grand shakeup of college-hockey conferences continues. The five schools leaving to form their own conference with Miami (Ohio): Colorado College, University of Denver, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Nebraska-Omaha and University of North Dakota. The CCHA‘s Notre Dame ... Read More »

Yost Ice Arena upgrades approved

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved $14 million in improvements to Yost Ice Arena, home to the school’s hockey teams, as the school prepares for a transition to a Big Ten hockey conference. The improvements will mainly address fan comfort. At 6,637 seats, Yost Ice Arena will be one of the smaller venues in the new Big Ten ... Read More »

SCSU eyes $28M renovation of National Hockey Center

A $28 million renovation of the National Hockey Center is under review, as St. Cloud State University finds it needs to improve its facilities to stay current in the college-hockey arms race. When it opened, the National Hockey Center was quite the accomplishment for SCSU and a key to that program raising to Division I status. Today, it’s pretty much ... Read More »

Purdue, Indiana: No plans to field Big Ten hockey teams

The new Big Ten hockey league may be stuck at six teams for a long time, as athletic directors from Purdue University and Indiana University shoot down talk of upgraded hockey teams from their universities any time soon. The issues are many, say Purdue assistant athletic director Tom Schott and Indiana assistant athletic director J.D. Campbell. First, both schools lack ... Read More »

ADs recommend men’s Big Ten hockey conference

Big Ten athletic directors with pucks programs unanimously voted to support the launch of a men’s Big Ten hockey conference in the 2013-2014 academic year. With Penn State raising its club hockey program to varsity status upon completion of a new $88-million arena, six Big Ten schools — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and the aforementioned Penn State ... Read More »

Over 110,000 expected at Michigan’s outdoor arena

The Big House is being prepped for the outdoor game between Michigan and Michigan State Saturday, as a crowd of over 110,000 is expected at Michigan Stadium — setting a record for attendance at a hockey game. These two teams were partly responsible for the craze in outdoor hockey; in 2001 the two teams played before an outdoor crowd of ... Read More »

Finally: It’s The Sanford Center

The new home of the Bemidji State Beavers has a new name, finally, as the former Bemidji Regional Events Center became The Sanford Center after a long-awaited naming-rights deal was finally closed. Sanford Health Systems is paying $200,000 annually over the next 10 years for the naming rights — far more than the $50,000-$100,000 per year the city was expected ... Read More »

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