May 21, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A new Big Ten conference, a new-look schedule and a new era of college hockey will take front stage when the University of Michigan starts the program's 92nd season in October. The Boston College Eagles will make their first appearance at Yost since 2005, when they visit on Thursday, Oct. 10, to open the regular season as part of the 36-game schedule for 2013-14, the U-M Athletic Department announced today (Tuesday, May 21).
The Big Ten Conference season will not start until Ohio State plays U-M at Yost on Friday, Nov. 29, but the non-conference schedule has plenty of exciting match-ups at home and on the road.
After BC comes to town, the Wolverines will travel east for three games, playing Rochester Institute of Technology and then the University of New Hampshire twice before coming home to Ann Arbor.
Up next, Boston University visits Yost for the first time since 2007 on Friday, Oct. 25. The following night, UMass Lowell, which made it to the Frozen Four semifinals this past season, will be making its first trip to Ann Arbor since 1999.
The following weekend, the Wolverines will take on former Wolverine assistant coach Mel Pearson and the Michigan Tech Huskies. Even though U-M has played MTU at the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit, the Huskies have not played in Yost since 1984.
The Great Lakes Invitational also gets a new look for the coming season. Comerica Park will play host to U-M against Western Michigan and Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech in round one on Dec. 27, when the tournament goes outdoors for the first time as part of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The GLI championship and consolation games will be played the following day at Comerica.
Along with traditional opponents Michigan State and Ohio State, Minnesota and Wisconsin also return to Ann Arbor for the first time since 2009, while Penn State will play U-M for the first time at home and on the road as part of the Big Ten schedule.
Niagara and Ferris State round out the 18-game home schedule, including exhibition games against Waterloo and the United States national development team.
The Wolverines will also travel to Nebraska-Omaha for a two-game series the weekend of Nov. 15-16. The two schools last met in the 2011 NCAA West Regional, with U-M winning by a 3-2 score in overtime.
The city of St. Paul and the Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Wild, will host the inaugural Big Ten Tournament from March 20-22. The NCAA West Regional is also being held at the Xcel Center from March 28-29.
NEW season tickets (end zone seats) will be available online Wednesday morning (May 22) and are $400 each. Current season ticket holders will receive their renewal information in July.
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