Got to be starting something
This fall, the
NFL celebrated the start of its season with a concert in Times Square
– truly Mecca when it comes to anticipated dates.
the puck will drop on the college hockey season in Dayton with the
Lefty McFadden Invitational. Yes, Dayton, Ohio – the birthplace
of carbonless copy paper. Even worse: I betcha most college hockey
fans won’t even notice that the season is underway.
get us wrong – as college hockey fans, we’re all realists.
We know we don’t warrant Times Square, just as we know that
the Hobey won’t go to somebody from the MAAC. But doesn’t
the start of the season deserve a bit of fanfare?
In college basketball,
fans not only know when practice begins, they stay up half the night
to watch it. In baseball, good, conscientious parents let their
kids skip school for Opening Day.
In college hockey,
each of our teams starts practicing on different days – and,
with a couple noticable exceptions, you never know when captains
practices end and official practices begin. Six years ago, when
the first Ice Breaker Invitational was played, it couldn’t
attract the support to stay in its first home, at an off-campus
site. Then, when the teams made their way to Madison, Wisc. –
where the tournament returns this year – one of them didn’t
think the results would count.
we think the start of the season is something special. So even if
you’re not in Dayton, raise a glass to the first faceoff between
Bowling Green and Niagara Friday night. Talk a little college pucks.
Celebrate a bit.
It may not be
much, but it’s a start.