University of North Dakota Hockey Schedule
If it is college hockey season then that means that Grand Forks, North
Dakota is the place to be as the University of North Dakota men's hockey team embarks on their quest for yet another NCHC
and national championship. Ralph Engelstad Arena is one of the most exciting places in the world to be when North Dakota takes
the ice looking to add another win to their post season resume. As one of the most historic and successful programs in all
of college hockey, North Dakota annually brings in some of the top recruits and is always competitive and looking to make
a run to the Frozen Four. This year's squad is loaded with talent and expectations are high in Grand Forks. Be sure to make
it out to a game this season and be part of the action from the start!
Friday February 7th and Saturday February 8th
offer a two game home stand against the Bemidji State Beavers. North Dakota and the Beavers face off against one another in
nearly every collegiate sport and when they battle on the ice the games are often historic. Friday March 7th and Saturday
March 8th brings another two game home stand to Grand Forks when the Western Michigan Broncos come to Ralph Engelstad Arena
looking to knock off North Dakota in another thrilling conference series. There is no reason for any hard core North Dakota
fan to miss this one. Check out all of the great games at Ralph Engelstad Arena this season right here on StubHub.
During the 2013-2014 season North Dakota will be looking to win their eighth National Championship.
Clearly success on the ice is nothing new to North Dakota as they have also won eleven conference tournament championships
and fifteen regular season conference championships. Coach Dave Hakstol will be looking to fire up the troops and to get the
most out of them this season. Should he be successful there could be no stopping North Dakota on the ice. Led by several key
returning players, North Dakota will undoubtedly have a staunch defense that will not be easy to score on. A high powered
front line will be looking to light up the scoreboard at the forward position once again and provide plenty of excitement
for the fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. This could well be the year that North Dakota return to their dominance of the NCHC
and possibly bring home the first national championship in almost fifteen years. Be sure to be part of what could be a historic
season in Grand Forks right from the start.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most
passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and North Dakota hockey
fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at Ralph Engelstad Arena, the fans
file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping
of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins.
Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the
arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice
is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
University of North Dakota Hockey Conference
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is one of the premiere
college hockey conferences in the country. For the 2013-2014 season, NCHC will consist of eight members and each and every
member stands to make a serious run to the top of the standings including new members Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State University
and Western Michigan University. The schools of NCHC have combined to win 17 national championships with University of Denver
and University of North Dakota setting the pace with seven championships apiece. NCHC is a college conference that is in existence
only for hockey and makes for a hungry fan base that is assured of seeing top notch college hockey action no matter which
two teams are facing off in conference play.
The University of North Dakota is currently without
a nickname. In 2012 the school decided to do away with their previous nickname, The Fighting Sioux, because some had deemed
it racially insensitive. They decided that the university would go three years without an official nickname or mascot while
the students, faculty, and alumni decide on a suitable replacement. Some students, however, continue to refer to the team
as the Fighting Sioux. More than 250 former North Dakota hockey players have gone on to have professional hockey careers,
several of them in the NHL.