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Hockey Day In Michigan

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    The purpose of Hockey Day in Michigan is to celebrate the history and passion of hockey throughout the state of Michigan.



    From metro-Detroit to Kalamazoo to Big Rapids and beyond, local arenas, hockey associations and teams have planned Hockey Day in Michigan events. Here is a sampling of some of the things going on around the state:

    Best Outdoor Rink Contest

    The winner gets to host an edition of CCHA Weekly on FSN Detroit.

    Ann Arbor - Ice Cube

    The USA Hockey NTDP Under-17 and Under-18 Teams have games at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube all weekend long, including a double header on Jan. 28 with the U17 Team taking on Alpena at 3PM and the U18 playing Rochester Institute of Technology at 7PM.

    Big Rapids - Ewigleben Ice Arena
    CCHA Hockey - Miami at Ferris State at 7:05 PM on Jan. 28. Reduced price ($5) admission for any player wearing his/her jersey to the game. Four youth teams will play cross-ice during the first intermission and there will be a Skate with the Bulldogs open skate/autograph session after the game.


    Joe Louis Arena

    High School Hockey - Brother Rice vs. Royal Oak, 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 and U-D Jesuit vs. Grosse Pointe North, 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28
    "Hockey is Fun" clinic - an introduction to hockey, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28
    FSN Detroit's 'Hockey Day Doubleheader' - Michigan and Michigan State at 7:30 p.m.

    Michigan State Fairgrounds

    College Hockey America game: Alabama-Huntsville vs. Wayne State. 7:05 PM. The Warriors will also have a clinic in conjunction with the Novi Youth Hockey Association on Jan. 23.

    Canton- Arctic Edge

    A full day of hockey activities on Jan. 28:
    12 PM - Canton Crush vs. Lakeland (MAHA Peewee 'AA' District 4 playoffs)
    1-3 PM - Open Skate (free admission)
    3 PM - Hot dogs and pop (courtesy of Pepsi) and Canton HS JV vs. Grass Lake JV
    5:30 PM - Sled Hockey
    6:30 PM - Canton Youth Coaches vs. Canton Police/Firefighters
    8:30 PM- Willow Run HS vs. Bishop Foley HS

    East Lansing - Suburban Ice-East Lansing

    High School Game - East Lansing vs. Lansing CC, 5:00 PM
    Open Skating - Free skate from 7:00-8:30 PM with $1 skate rental available.
    Games for Kids - Pin the Puck on the Goalie and other off-ice activities throughout the day.
    On the Pond - Half-price admission from Noon-12:50 PM
    Drop-in Hockey - Half-price admission from 6:30-7:50 AM
    Public Skating - Half-price admission from 2:30-3:50 PM
    Raffle Prizes - Awarded throughout the day.

    Farmington Hills - Suburban Ice-Farmington Hills
    Mite & Squirt Skills Competition - 8:00-8:50 PM
    Pee Wee & Bantam Skills Competition - 9:00-9:50 PM
    Skate Sharpening -$2 all day
    Skate Sharpening Demonstrations - Offered four times during the day.
    Raffle prizes - Fitness club memberships, sticks, tape, apparel and ice time given away throughout the day.

    Kalamazoo - Lawson Ice Arena

    CCHA Hockey - Northern Michigan at Western Michigan at 7:35 PM on Jan. 27
    "24 Hours of Hockey" - After the CCHA game, the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) will have games running around the clock leading up to the Wildcats vs. Broncos (Game One of FSN Detroit CCHA Doubleheader) at 4:30 PM on Jan. 28.

    It's also 'Wildcat Night' across the country with Northern Michigan Alumni gathering in many new locations, including New York City, San Diego and North Carolina. NMU President Les Wong will be in attendance celebrating Hockey Day in Michigan. The NMU Alumni Association will host a post-game reception in Kalamazoo that evening.

    Macomb - Suburban Ice-Macomb

    Open skating (2:45-4:35 PM and 8:15-10:05 PM) - Wear a hockey jersey and get half-off admission.
    Why I Love Hockey picture contest -Tell us why you love hockey and create a fantastic hockey-themed drawing. All entries will be hung at SIM. Entries will be judged and a Suburban Hockey Schools gift certificate will be given to the winner!
    Open skating (2:45-4:35 pm and 8:15-10:05 pm) - Attendees who wear a hockey jersey will receive half off admission.

    Novi- Novi Ice Arena

    Essay Contest - In 100 words or less, youth players will outline their favorite player with Michigan ties and why. A family prize package of one pizza, four fountain drinks and four passes to an open skate session will be given to winners in each of the three age groups (mini mite/mite, squirt/pee wee and bantam/midget). All entries will be posted at the arena on Jan.28 and winners will be chosen on Jan. 29.

    Plymouth- Compuware Sports Arena

    OHL Game: Saginaw Spirit at Plymouth Whalers at 7:30 PM.
    As part of the celebration one lucky Whalers' Fan as well as one fortunate Saginaw Spirit fan will each win a Whalers/Spirit Prize Pack including home-and-home tickets for two, overnight hotel accommodations to an upcoming Whalers/Spirit game, food and restaurant gift certificates and signed team memorabilia from each squad.
    Two youth hockey players (one from Saginaw County and another from Metro Detroit) will be introduced as the Hockey Day in Michigan Kids of the Game and treated to an-on ice introduction at the start of the game. Kids can sign up at any Whalers home game at the Kids Club table or register on-line at
    All fans in attendance will be treated to Michigan Hockey Trivia, announcements and in-game contest focused on Michigan Hockey Heroes.
    All Fans sporting a hockey jersey from any Michigan based squad (at any/all levels) will be given a discounted ticket voucher valid for select Whalers home hockey games.


    Rochester - Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena

    Coaches Game - Coaches from the Rochester Hockey Club will compete against one another at 8:30 PM, and people who make a donation to the Hockey Has Heart foundation will get a raffle ticket that will give them a chance to win prizes and participate in Score-O between periods.
    Open Skating - All hockey players who wear their jersey to open skating (2:15-4:05 pm and/or 8:15-10:05 pm) will get in for half price.

    Trenton - Kennedy Recreation Center

    Trenton High School 40th Anniversary Alumni games: Older Alumni will play on Jan. 27, younger alums will play on Jan. 28 before the Trenton varsity team takes on Ann Arbor Pioneer. A reception and dinner will follow the HS game.
    Wayne - Wayne Ice Arena

    The Wayne State Youth Hockey Association is hosting their annual Skills Event from 1-5 PM on Jan. 28, followed by the Jerry Ball Memorial Scholarship and Endowment Fund game. There will be a silent auction and chuck a puck - 50/50 raffle.




  • Michigan has nearly 70,000 registered players, coaches and officials, and nearly 5,000 registered teams with USA Hockey, which is more than any state in the nation.


  • Michigan has celebrated 10 Stanley Cup championships by the Detroit Red Wings, more than any city in the country while the University of Michigan has captured nine NCAA national championships, more than any school in the nation.


  • Michigan is the home of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The Ann Arbor based program currently has 21 alumni skating in the NHL, and over 100 in college hockey.


  • The Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League, with 15 thousand players and 850 teams, is the largest hockey league in America.


  • Michigan is also home to six other professional teams, nine Division I college teams, and over 200 sanctioned boys' and girls' high school teams.- The man universally recognized as 'Mr. Hockey', Gordie Howe, permanently resides in Hockeytown.


  • Ten Michiganders are on the rosters of the U.S. men's and women's Olympic teams that will go for gold in February in Torino, Italy.


  • The world record for attendance at a hockey game (74,544) was set in East Lansing, Mich., on October 6, 2001.


  • More people watch hockey on television in Michigan than any other state, according to FSN Detroit.

    All times Central Standard
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    The 2005 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., March 10-13. The four-day, 11-game event began as the Big Eight Tournament in 1977 and has been played in Kemper Arena every year except for the 2003 and 2004 events which were held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

    Since opening in 1974, the 18,278-seat arena has hosted several sporting events including NCAA Regionals in 1983, 1986, 1992, 1995-1997, 2001, and 2004, the NAIA Tournament from 1975 - 1993, the Big Eight Basketball Tournament from 1979-1996, The Big 12 Conference Basketball Tournament from 1997-2002 and 2005, the 1988 Men's Final Four and the 1998 Women's Final Four.

    It is likely this is the final Big 12 Tournament in the historic building with a new basketball facility currently under construction in downtown Kansas City. The 2006 event will return to Dallas and the 2007 tournament will be at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.



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