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ericredaxe
06-08-2015, 10:15 PM
I think it would have been a Harvard game sometime in the early 80's... A friends dad took a few of us.. 5th grade maybe?

I really was only a Bruins fan and not a college hockey fan at all though until I went to college.

LSSULaker889294
06-08-2015, 11:59 PM
October 23, 1992 at 8 years of age. LSSU against Bowling Green at the Norris Center. The arena wasn't called Taffy Abel Arena yet (wasn't until 1995). The Lakers won 3-1.

Jaws
06-09-2015, 09:37 AM
I guess my first game would be about 1965 or so. High school kids got in for $.50 and could stand down in the corner of the old Mariucci arena. Doug Woog was on that team. Long time ago.

bcmsu9196
06-09-2015, 12:38 PM
BC vs. UNH at Walter Brown Arena on Halloween 1987—Conte Forum wasn't finished yet.

satking
06-09-2015, 02:01 PM
Michigan vs Maine in Providence Frozen 4 Semi Final Triple OT with Turco in net and have been hooked ever since !!!!

buoldtimer
06-09-2015, 02:40 PM
11/29/1968 - New Brunswick vs. BU at the old Walpole Arena. It was the night after Thanksgiving. It may be hard to believe now, but that was the season opener. BU skated them out of the tub.

Now that I think about it, I think BU played Clarkson at the old Braintree Arena late in the 1969-70 season. Why they played at the that venue, I don't know. Perhaps, Sean can confirm or contradict my memory as to venue and date. I know Bruce Bullock was in goal for the Golden Knights.

defkit
06-09-2015, 02:52 PM
Michigan vs Maine in Providence Frozen 4 Semi Final Triple OT with Turco in net and have been hooked ever since !!!!

Probably the best goaltending duo I've ever seen, certainly in person. Turco and Allison were making ridiculous saves in OT.

bulldog10jw
06-09-2015, 05:28 PM
Yale-Harvard in the late '70's. The game was actually played at the New Haven Coliseum, not Ingalls rink. Yale won 6-5

jimbaran
06-09-2015, 06:06 PM
Colgate-LSSU at Starr Arena in Hamilton, NY on March 24, 1990 - Game 2 of NCAA Quarterfinals

Followed by my first Frozen Four at the Joe one week later. Those two weekends were enough for me to catch the college hockey bug.

FiveHole12
06-09-2015, 08:17 PM
Sometime in 1974 or '75... BC at BU, Walter Brown Arena. An old friend and hockey coach in his very early years took me. Went to a number of BU games at WBA back in the '70's & 80's.

Grew up loving hockey. Would stay up late at night as a boy with my brother, the lights off in our bedroom, listening to the big bad Bruins on the radio, hoping mom and dad wouldn't hear it and make us shut it off. Orr, Sanderson, Espo, Hodge, The Chief, Cheesy, McKenzie, Ted Green, Westfall, Cashman & O'Reilly later on... and on and on and on. :)

Our dad was a basketball coach, so me and my bro's weren't hockey players... just played pond hockey and street hockey every chance we got. Always was my favorite sport to watch live, at any level. Attended a ton of high school hockey games, some college, some Bruins, and then when life allowed the time, got season tix to BC hockey in 1997. Still there... will be 'til I die probably. :)

Sean Pickett
06-09-2015, 10:54 PM
Colgate-LSSU at Starr Arena in Hamilton, NY on March 24, 1990 - Game 2 of NCAA Quarterfinals

Followed by my first Frozen Four at the Joe one week later. Those two weekends were enough for me to catch the college hockey bug.:mad:

Sean

Sean Pickett
06-09-2015, 11:06 PM
11/29/1968 - New Brunswick vs. BU at the old Walpole Arena. It was the night after Thanksgiving. It may be hard to believe now, but that was the season opener. BU skated them out of the tub.

Now that I think about it, I think BU played Clarkson at the old Braintree Arena late in the 1969-70 season. Why they played at the that venue, I don't know. Perhaps, Sean can confirm or contradict my memory as to venue and date. I know Bruce Bullock was in goal for the Golden Knights.BU played Clarkson at Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, on 5 March 1970. It was the last game of regular season and BU won, 6-2. Clarkson got revenge in the ECAC semifinals 8 days later when they beat BU, 5-4, at the Garden. That was the last of six games BU played at Four Seasons Arena between 1964 and 1970. They never lost at the rink, going 5-0-1 and outscoring their opponents 38-10. Clarkson was the only DI team they played there; 4 of the other games were against Canadian schools (three vs New Brunswick, all season openers, and one vs. Loyola of Montreal) and the other one was vs. the Eastern Olympics.

Sean

Split-N
06-10-2015, 08:32 AM
IIRC, my first game would have been 12/6/1960. Northeastern vs BU at the then-Boston Arena, which was home ice for both teams at the time. NU won, 5-1.

WeAreNDHockey
06-10-2015, 12:56 PM
February 21, 1976. Michigan State @ Notre Dame. My oldest sister was a student manager for the MSU hockey team. She came down with the team and took me to the game. We lived just over the state line from Notre Dame, about 10 miles from campus to the northeast, and since I was about 4 years old I had been rooting for the Irish.

A number of things about the weekend, the day and the game still stand out in my mind. Notre Dame won the game 5-2, a testy, chippy contest with the Irish taking a big lead into the third period. Lots of scuffles and while memory says an actual fight a later look at the official box showed no fighting majors but 7 roughing minors and 2 roughing double-minors.

During Notre Dame's final season at the old Joyce Center I had the patriarch of Notre Dame hockey, coach Lefty Smith, autograph a copy of the game article that appeared in the next day's South Bend Tribune. Remarkably, 35 years later he had memories of both the game and the Tribune sportswriter who penned the article. I remembered a lot because it was a milestone in my life. After a couple of descriptive prompts that he remembered what was just one of nearly 700 games he coached at Notre Dame was astonishing to me.

SCSU Euro
06-10-2015, 01:20 PM
Friday February 15, 2002, UAA @ SCSU. Anchorage scored two in the first period, SCSU scored seven in the second period, UAA scored two in the third, so amazingly eleven goals were scored in the game, and all of them were at the opposite end of where the student section sits.

Interestingly enough, Mark Hartigan set a team record by scoring 4 goals in a period, including 3 straight goals (NHLer Matt Hendricks had the primary assist on all three), scoring a PPG, a SHG, an even strength goal and the GWG.

SweeneyHawksHockey
06-10-2015, 03:21 PM
First college hockey game I ever saw was Wisconsin @ St. Cloud State sometime in the mid 1990s. My whole family was from Wisconsin so obviously that was my rooting interest even though I lived near St. Cloud in Sartell. Ended up moving to Michigan and finally ended up in Ohio before going to Miami University where my love for college hockey grew to a level I never expected.

DLG
06-10-2015, 03:56 PM
Started in fall of 1958 watching BU at boston Arena
Bob Marquis was the highlight performer but with only 6 NHL teams
few college players advanced
Went to many away game while still a student
One nugget- At Providence during periods could go from Providence Arena to
the Penalty Box bar nest door between periods.
during one intermission arrived at bar and BU coach was seated there before me

purpleinnebraska
06-11-2015, 08:00 AM
For an offseason thread, this one is turning out pretty good. Nice stories, guys!

drshoen
06-11-2015, 10:16 AM
My dad took me to a game or two in my younger days, but I remember nothing of them. So I'll count RIT at Clarkson, October 1986. Walker was a great place to watch a game - if you were cheering for the home team!

wolverineTrumpet
06-11-2015, 10:30 AM
My first hockey game of any sort was my freshman year at Michigan. I think it was January 2001 vs. LSSU (may have been Feb. vs. NMU...was definitely some UP school I had never heard of).

I'm a Marylander and didn't like hockey (or so I thought). My brother who attended UM for 4 years before I did had been to a few games, but commited his money for season student tickets to football and basketball. He had told me hockey was fun, but my knowledge of hockey was people skate around and try to shoot a 'puck' into a goal, past a goalie, whatever. My brother had tried to get me to watch NHL games on tv, but they were boring to a teenage girl.

At some point during winter term freshman year someone in the hockey band needed a sub, so I went and played with the hockey band. The atmosphere at Yost was amazing. I don't remember too many details of the game, because it was a slightly overwhelming new world opening up before me. Even without understanding many of the rules I enjoyed it and wanted to learn more. I subbed again that year because going with friends and for free seemed to me the best way to watch hockey.

The following year I joined the hockey band (and stayed for the next 3 years). I had a friend in the band that was patient enough to explain icing, offsides and other rules to me which grew my love of hockey to beyond Michigan and the atmosphere of the college game.

It's amazing to think how different my life has become from the result of one decision to attend one game. I've made friends on this message board, I've become addicted to a sport I knew little about, career decisions have been influenced (a job in Ottumwa Iowa was partially ruled out because the closest college hockey was a 4 hour drive to Omaha), and a goal of visiting every D1 rink has been added to my bucket list.