Best College Traditions

Bands: Perhaps the biggest – or at least loudest – difference you'll hear when walking into a college rink are the bands, which bring energy to almost any building. Highlights of their repertoires are famous sing-along songs, like the Maine Stein Song, the Copper Country Anthem at Michigan Tech, and Wisconsin's Varsity, On Wisconsin, and The Bud Song, to name a few.

Stick salutes: It's pretty clear that this is a foreign concept in the NHL right now: players thanking their fans. Whether it's after every game or only at the end of a weekend series, college teams across the country will gather around the center-ice circle and raise their Sher-Woods to honor the crowd.

Fish throwing: Perhaps octopus is too exotic for the college game. Whatever the reason, we seem to like throwing fish, whether after a first goal at New Hampshire or Alaska Anchorage, or whenever Harvard visits Cornell.

50-50 raffles: Sick of dropping hundreds of dollars at NHL games? You can win hundreds – sometimes thousands – at college games in 50-50 raffles, with half the proceeds usually going to the school's Blue Line Club, which supports the hockey program.

Sieve! The sieve chant is the most popular, and usually loudest, group cheer at college rinks. But each school brings their own unique traditions to the game, meaning that a student section can be identified by more than the sweaters. Just beware: some chants come with an R rating.

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