Hockey Alumni Weekend Set for August 24-25, 2013
For University of Maine ice hockey fans who cannot wait for the 2013-14 season to start, there will be an exciting event this weekend. Maine hockey will kick-off the new season with a salute to former Maine hockey players at the 2013 Alumni Weekend celebration this weekend, August 24-25. The events will reunite former players, coaches and staff and provide the public with an opportunity to connect with those who launched Maine hockey to prominence.
Maine hockey has produced over 60 NHLers, won two national championships, been to 11 Frozen Fours, made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and won 5 Hockey East Championships. Head Coach Red Gendron has expressed how important it is "to create an event that allows all of the Men of Maine Hockey to reconnect and to give us the opportunity to honor each of those who have proudly worn the Maine sweater and on whose backs this program was built."
Players spanning all eras of UMaine hockey, from the original 1977 team through the 2012 team, are expected to attend Alumni Weekend.
The public is invited to a "Meet the Alumni Barbecue" under the tent in the Alfond Arena parking area on Saturday, August 24 from 5-8pm. The barbecue will be a great place to meet former UMaine hockey players and reminisce with the players, fans and supporters from the past. Coach Gendron will also be saluting the 1988 and 1993 teams for their amazing accomplishments. The 1993 National Championship Team is recognized as the best team ever in college hockey with it's 42-1-2 record. The 1988 Black Bears were the first UMaine hockey team to make it to what is now known as the Frozen Four. Admission to the barbecue is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
As a finale to the Alumni Weekend, former UMaine hockey players will demonstrate they still haven't lost their magic, or Black Bear spirit, in the Alumni Hockey Game. Former Black Bears will lace up their skates one more time in the classic Blue vs. White showdown in the famed Alfond Arena onSunday, August 25. The puck drops at 10 am. Admission is just $3 per person or $10 maximum per family.