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bruhaas
01-21-2016, 08:06 AM
I am curious to learn why college hockey fans are so passionate about the game? I love the game of hockey, and have found my passion following the college game. For me attending a college game is far more enjoyable than attending a pro game. There is something about experiencing a college hockey game in an arena full of rabid fans that totally excites me, no matter who is playing. This is not to say that other sports' fans aren't just as passionate, but the speed of the game and the skills required to play it at a high level, combined with the atmosphere of a big game in a packed house make it a truly great experience. I love the bands, the enthusiastic students, the alumni who bring their kids, and the intensity of the players night in and night out.
What is it about the game that you love? Are you passionate about just one team? What attracted you to the game in the first place? I'd love to hear your story.

St. Clown
01-21-2016, 09:38 AM
Skating cheerleaders. Oh yeah!

SonofSouthie
01-21-2016, 09:45 AM
I'm not really sure. The atmosphere maybe.Ticket price for a decent product.(even though Conte should offer reduced prices for kids)If I was offered Bruins or BC tickets I'd go with the Eagles.

ericredaxe
01-21-2016, 11:22 AM
Started off really a Bruins fan as a kid, and like most went to the games when I was at BU and enjoyed them. Now it is a great price point / more intimate / family friendly atmosphere as compared to going to the NHL. Plus there is something to be said for cheering for your university.

burd
01-21-2016, 11:24 AM
I have a gopher-hate addiction, and college hockey is my dealer.

gopher wes
01-21-2016, 11:50 AM
I never played or watched hockey growing up(explains a lot about my posts, I'm sure:p;)). I went to one Gopher game in high school and I remember watching the '02 & '03 championship games, though those were the only Gopher Hockey games I watched in those respective years. Couldn't exactly call myself a diehard fan. I've told this story too many times so I apologize for those who have heard it before. My buddy and I went to college in Wahpeton, ND. One day he says, "Hey, the Gophers are playing in Grand Forks this weekend for an NCAA regional". I called Ticketmaster, we got tickets, witnessed one of the (if not THE) worst games ever, and the rest is history. As crazy as it sounds, that game is what got us hooked. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with the UND/UM rivalry. As painful as that game was and all the crap we took.....it just fueled the fire for us. My buddy, my brother, and I rarely miss a Gopher game now. We have spent many of the last 9 years either watching Gopher games together, live or on TV, and traveling to many away games.

I love the college atmosphere with the bands, the student sections, the cheerleaders, and the rivalries.

willythekid
01-21-2016, 12:05 PM
I grew up running going to Sioux games when I was a little kid and my dad was in med school... Been a fan of this level of hockey my whole life. Great fans and atmosphere...

SonofSouthie
01-21-2016, 12:14 PM
I have a gopher-hate addiction, and college hockey is my dealer.
:p

Tipsy McStagger
01-21-2016, 12:42 PM
Hockey was the only Division I sport at the college I went to. Students got into the games for free and my friends and all the guys on my dorm floor would go to the games. It was kinda like the pre-game to going out to house parties on friday and saturday nights. The team was really good and scored a ton of goals, so it was easy to become a fan of the team and get invested in it. Then as I went through college I ended up having classes with some players, seeing them at parties or around town. I feel more of a sense of community with the St Cloud State hockey program than I do with any pro team.

beaverhockeyfan
01-21-2016, 01:03 PM
I grew up in a part of Minnesota that when I was in High School, the nearest HS hockey team was 40 miles away and wrestling and basketball were the winter sports. So needless to say I didn't watch much hockey until I went to Bemidji State. My freshman year, I tagged along with a couple of Canadians from my dorm and went to a game (this was back in the '90s D-II era). I was hooked.

I think my love for college hockey comes from the fact that I was a student with the players. I had classes with some of the players and worked on some class projects with these players. At a smaller school like Bemidji State, the coaching staff was, and still is, very approachable. That help build a feeling of a connection to the program. It also helped that during my years at Bemidji, they were winning titles, granted at the D-II level, but that success helped fuel the passion.

bruhaas
01-21-2016, 01:34 PM
Thanks! Your comment about knowing the players on a small campus echos what I have heard from former players who played for smaller schools. They felt very connected to student fans for the same reasons you developed your passion for the game. And yes, a winning program does also go along way toward developing a passionate fan base.

alnike
01-21-2016, 02:31 PM
Memories generated from the ability to host NCAA Hockey Regionals.;)

Biddco
01-21-2016, 08:34 PM
I knew when I decided to attend UMD that hockey was the sport on campus and I was excited to watch and cheer for my school against the big D1 schools. I've had seen student sections on TV and wanted to be a part of one. After seeing the Penalty Box in action I knew that was where I wanted to watch the games. I loved every minute of being in the student section, being loud, coming up with chants, creating fun things that would entertain ourselves and other fans. The band and the energy of the students got me hooked. It was something to do on a cold night in Duluth but it soon became my favorite sport as it felt like UMD fans and college hockey fans are a large family.

I've met so many great and fun people through hockey that it is now my favorite sport to watch and play (that was not true before my time at UMD)

UAHStatman
01-22-2016, 09:54 AM
I grew up in a part of Minnesota that when I was in High School, the nearest HS hockey team was 40 miles away and wrestling and basketball were the winter sports. So needless to say I didn't watch much hockey until I went to Bemidji State. My freshman year, I tagged along with a couple of Canadians from my dorm and went to a game (this was back in the '90s D-II era). I was hooked.

I think my love for college hockey comes from the fact that I was a student with the players. I had classes with some of the players and worked on some class projects with these players. At a smaller school like Bemidji State, the coaching staff was, and still is, very approachable. That help build a feeling of a connection to the program. It also helped that during my years at Bemidji, they were winning titles, granted at the D-II level, but that success helped fuel the passion.

Pretty much the same for me at UAH (although my connections to the team were as a student assistant at the sports information department more than classes) during those Division II years. But even before then, I went to a few games as a kid and loved the atmosphere. It really help as it was my (and a lot of Huntsvillians) main exposure to the game. There's an even stronger attachment for me as an alum, but I love how smaller schools like UAH and Bemidji State can make can make names for themselves among the larger schools. And of course, rivalries like UAH-Bemidji State. :)

northeastern
01-22-2016, 10:01 AM
..don't forget the bands.. definitely the band.
Play on :-)..

Hammer
01-22-2016, 10:17 AM
Definitely the nachos.

Wi.Huskies Fan
01-22-2016, 07:25 PM
I started watching college hockey as a kid.We would go as a family once or twice a year. There were 4 of us kids,so dad had to throw down some coin for all of us to go. That was in the 70's when the Mac first opened. I was amazed at all the people and how loud the arena would get.
When I got into high school that was the place to be if the high school team was out of town. The band, the students, their cheers, and just the overall atmosphere got me into it. Those were Tech's glory years back then. It seems that excitement is coming back for this generation to enjoy. I also enjoyed a good fight now and then, that would get the fans really into it.
Having the big schools come in made it all that much more exciting.
I have been hooked since way back when. Lots of good memories.

The Rube
01-22-2016, 07:33 PM
My roommate at the time was a huge Gophers fan. If not at the game, he'd watch on tv. Eventually I started watching the games, getting hooked (I was a big North Stars guy growing up). He intro'd me to USCHO, and I got even more hooked, talking about college hockey, going to a couple games, etc etc.

Met some people from here, at the Final Five tournament, got convinced to head to Houghton/Marquette for a home-and-home one year, and loved it. Over the years, at the tourneys, you end up seeing many of the same people and become friends (and maybe spouses!).

Besides the game itself, it's the atmosphere, the tailgating, the road trips to new places, the fellow fans, the knowledge that we're probably the niche-iest of niche fanbases of the four major sports (pro and college), and we're fiercely loyal to our teams, and each other as fellow fans. It's everything simple about why I love sports. The passion of all that is included in the experience.

njdevscup30
01-22-2016, 08:01 PM
I was born in February of 1988, just after the last Northeastern Beanpot championship. I watch this NU team every season tempt me with "This is the year." Every year they rip my heart out and stomp it on the ground. And yet, I still make that 6 hour car ride, taking multiple days off of work to see it in person every year.

I guess I'm a masochist.

Speed Kills
02-15-2016, 06:04 PM
I love all hockey but the thing about college hockey that I find more appealing than the NHL is the automatic ejection and one game suspension for fighting. That silly sideshow detracts from the actual game in the NHL, and I very much appreciate the fact that it isn't tolerated at the college level. I also love the mandatory full facial protection that is required on helmets at the college level as I am very much not a fan of seeing gory injuries to the face. But I absolutely love physical play and hitting within the context of making a hockey play, so those of you who love fighting can save your predictable response about taking checking out of the game. No, I don't want to see checking taken out of the game. Just fighting. It is poor sportsmanship and serves no purpose other than to entertain the lowest common denominator among the fanbase. And don't even try to come back with that blatantly false yet still overused rationalization that fighting takes dirty play out of the game. If that poor argument had an validity to it we would not have seen dirty play in the NHL at an all-time high back in the 1970's when fighting was at an all-time high.