Postcard: Pittsburgh's puck future
are fired up about this Friday’s game between Ohio State and
Princeton at Mellon Arena, and the recent Pittsburgh Business Times
story that highlighted initial plans by Robert Morris officials
to bring Division I hockey to the Steel City. Fans have been waving
their Terrible Towels for a month, and not just because Tommy Maddox
is healthy again.
If Robert Morris does
in fact bring college hockey to town on a permanent basis, just
think of what the future holds …
Finally, the city won’t
have to send all its best amateur hockey players to Ohio State.
Although it will continue to send its best pro players to Washington,
The Robert Morris Blue
Line Club will have Iron City on tap at its receptions. They’ll
grill burgers and dogs, as well – and douse them with Heinz
Visiting teams will get
the grand tour of Pittsburgh, beginning with the glamorous first
views of the Three Rivers as they exit the Fort Pitt Tunnel. MAAC
teams out of the race for the league’s NCAA automatic bid
will seek out their own 15 minutes of fame at the Andy Warhol Museum.
will get into Colonials hockey. Pirates players will note the similarity
between Robert Morris and their baseball team – after about
four years, once the players get really good, they leave town. Mario
himself will drop by the rink, telling the Colonials how to whine
about officiating while staying in the league’s good graces.
Kordell Stewart will turn up as well, but “Slash” gets
ushered to the penalty box for two minutes as soon as he arrives.
The team will draw great
crowds at the Island Sports Center, located on an Ohio River island.
Fans will be thrilled to have a real rink in town, and local columnists
will like it so much more than the Igloo that they dub the arena
“Temptation Island.” Jean-Claude van Damme will announce
his intentions to remake “Sudden Death” there. Dozens
of movie critics will announce their retirement.
The Colonials will be
wildly successful on the ice as well. In its first year of eligibility,
Robert Morris will make a trip to the MAAC Tournament, securing
a bid with a late game-winning goal on a tip-in in front –
“The Immaculate Deflection.”