Penn State Hockey: Icers to Take Part in Winter Classic
As part of the 2012 Winter Classic, the Penn State men's hockey team will head outdoors to Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 4 to face off against Neumann University, the university announced Thursday. Opening face-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
"As Penn State becomes a Division I Hockey school, what better way to make a statement than to compete on the largest stage in the state of Pennsylvania when they face off against Neumann University ... ?" Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko said in a news release.
"There are a tremendous number of Penn State alumni living in the greater Philadelphia region who are looking forward to this game," Luukko said. "We are thrilled to host this game as part of a week-long celebration of hockey in Philadelphia. It will be great for the city and great for the school. We're really looking forward to welcoming Penn State Division I hockey to Philadelphia."
The Penn State Icers (13-1-0) are the top-ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and will face a Neumann squad (5-3-0) that is ranked No. 15 in the USCHO.com Division III poll. This is the final season that Penn State will be recognized before making the transition to the Division 1 level.
"I'm thrilled that it's finally official after a few months of waiting. It will be a fantastic showcase for Penn State hockey in a vital market," Penn State hockey writer Kyle Rossi said. "People shouldn't lose sight of the game itself, either. Neumann is one of the top programs in Division III, and given everything, you really can't buy a better hockey ticket for $10."
"Many of my fondest memories of growing up playing hockey come from playing outdoors. There is something really special about the feel of the air and the sound of the ice," said Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky. "The Penn State Hockey family is extremely grateful to (Luukko) for the opportunity to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event. It will be an unforgettable experience for our entire team."
Tickets, which cost $10 each, are general admission only and are available here. Fans must enter "PSU" when prompted for the promotion code.