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Friday, October 29, 2010

Adrian to play at Michigan Stadium

Adrian College Press Release

The Adrian College men's hockey team will get a chance to showcase their program on the biggest stage in college athletics on Saturday, December 4, as they will play the first outdoor game in the modern era of NCAA Division III hockey at Michigan Stadium.

The Bulldogs will square off with MCHA opponent Concordia University (Wis.) at 9:30 a.m., one week before the Big Chill between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

"This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase our men's hockey team," said Adrian athletic director Mike Duffy. "NCAA Division III student-athletes work very hard and to reward them with an opportunity to play in a venue like the 'Big House' may only come along once in a lifetime. This will be a moment that they will remember for the rest of their lives."

The Bulldogs feature one of the best programs in Division III and are currently ranked 10th in the nation by USCHO.com's preseason poll. Adrian has captured three straight MCHA regular season and Harris Cup titles and are gunning for a fourth in 2010-11.

"Our program appreciates the opportunity given to us by Craig Wotta and the University of Michigan to hold the first men's Division III outdoor game at the Big House," said Adrian head coach Ron Fogarty, who is entering his fourth year. "Over the past three years our team has competed against the USA-18 team, played overseas in Finland and competed for championships. Along with playing the Czech-18 team this November, this adds to the list of unique events that our players and staff have been able to experience while being at Adrian College."

The game was originally scheduled for a home game at Arrington Ice Arena, which was set to begin at 3:00 p.m. The contest will count towards both teams overall and conference records.

"Concordia University and our hockey players are honored to be involved in this game," said Concordia head coach Tony Hrkac, who is also entering his fourth year with the Falcons. "This venue showcases our great sport in a majestic way. This type of special event is huge for Division III hockey."

Ticket information about the event and other details are still unavailable at this time.

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