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CCHA's Final Four set for this weekend

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami and Western Michigan have advanced to the CCHA Championship to be held at Joe Louis Arena this Friday and Saturday, March 18-19. The RedHawks and Fighting Irish will square off for some ‘Hockey in the D’ on Friday at 4:35 p.m. EDT, while the Wolverines and Broncos will follow at 8:05 p.m. Both games will air live on FOX Sports Detroit Plus in HD as will the third-place game at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday and the Championship Game, which will feature the two semifinal winners at 7:35 p.m.

Along with the schedule of events listed below taking place during Championship Weekend from March 17-20, the CCHA is proud to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony will be staged to promote the free CCHA Fan Fest and celebrate Detroit hosting the CCHA Championship for the 30th consecutive year at Joe Louis Arena. Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Matt Cullen, Board Chairman of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, and CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos will participate in a ceremonial “slap shot” at noon on Friday in the GM Wintergarden at the Renaissance Center to officially open the event.

With “Four Days, Four Teams, Four Games, Something For Everyone”, fans will have the opportunity to be involved and show support for their favorite CCHA team, as well as enjoy a variety of events and activities surrounding the weekend celebration.

CCHA Awards presented by RBC Financial Group (March 17): The CCHA will host its annual awards show at the beautiful Fox Theater in downtown Detroit at 7:30 p.m. The awards show, renowned as the “Oscars of College Hockey”, celebrate the annual all-conference, scholar-athlete and all-rookie teams, along with the individual honors, including the RBC Financial Group Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Perani Cup winners and the Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award. Tickets are on sale to the general public ($15) and may be purchased through the CCHA Offi ce by calling (248) 888-0600.

Warrior CCHA Kids College Classic (March 18-20): The youth tournament for Squirt and Peewee teams will take place all weekend at the Novi Ice Arena and at Suburban Ice Farmington Hills, with all championship games being held on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. Six different divisions will be featured in the tournament.

USA Hockey Coaches Symposium (March 18-20): A USA Hockey Level 4 Coaches Symposium will be held at Compuware World Headquarters in downtown Detroit. CCHA coaches will be on hand for presentations and panel discussions.

Hockey 4 Hunger (March 18-19): Forgotten Harvest volunteers will be selling CCHA Hockey 4 Hunger t-shirts during the weekend with all proceeds from the sales to benefit Forgott en Harvest. For every dollar donated, Forgotten Harvest is able to provide five meals for our community’s hungriest residents.

CCHA Fan Fest (March 19-20): The annual Fan Fest, with free admission, live entertainment and hourly giveaways, will take place in the GM Wintergarden at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. The event will include interactive games, a shooting range, CCHA team lockers and uniform displays, CCHA trophy exhibit, a ‘Hockey in the D’ merchandise shop and a CCHA history display. Following the second semifinal game Friday night, the GM Wintergarden at the Renaissance Center will also be the site of the CCHA Championship Party presented by the Detroit Metro Sports Commission. On Saturday, school pep bands will be on stage to rally fan support.

Comcast Parade of Champions (March 19): Players from approximately 40 youth-level championship teams (Michigan Amateur Hockey Association) receive a ti cket to Saturday’s games and are introduced on-ice prior to Saturday’s CCHA Championship Game at Joe Louis Arena.

Hockeytown Café / Official CCHA Fan Destination:  Fans can enjoy a meal all weekend at the restaurant ESPN2’s Cold Pizza named the No. 2 Sports Bar in America. Hockeytown Café is a Red Wings’ fans paradise, as it is chock-full of hockey memorabilia, and will serve as the official fan destinati on location for the CCHA Championship. Fans can take advantage of a complimentary shuttle to and from Joe Louis Arena for all four games. Parking is available in the Fox Theatre parking structure located between Woodward and Park.

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