March 31, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is pleased to announce several fan events in conjunction with the 2010 NCAA Men's Hockey Frozen Four, April 8-10 in Detroit.
On Wednesday, April 7, the Wisconsin men's hockey team will have a free, open to the public practice session at Ford Field from noon to 1 p.m. ET.
Then, on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. ET, Badger fans are invited to Cheli's Chili Bar to get the last word on the Frozen Four. The voice of Wisconsin men's hockey, Brian Posick, will broadcast a Frozen Four preview special featuring several guests from the world of college hockey.
Fans in attendance will receive Wisconsin T-shirts while supplies last. The show can also be heard locally in Madison on WIBA-AM, throughout the state on the Badger Hockey Radio Network or steamed online at wiba.com.
On Thursday, April 8, in advance of Wisconsin's national semifinal matchup with RIT, Badger fans are invited to join members of the UW Band in the Marriott Renaissance Center ground floor lobby at 3 p.m. ET to send the team off.
In addition, the official Badger Frozen Four Pep Rally will get underway at Cheli's Chili Bar beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The event will feature Bucky Badger and the UW Band and will run until gametime.
On Friday, April 9, hockey fans are encouraged to be part of Friday at the Frozen Four and the Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Ford Field. Highlights of the evening include an on-ice skills challenge featuring the nation's most talented collegiate student-athletes, the announcement of the AHCA All-American Team and the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award given annually to the nation's most outstanding player. Badgers senior Blake Geoffrion is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
Tickets are just $10 and are available here.
Throughout the weekend, fans are invited to visit the College Hockey Fan Fest located in the Renaissance Center Wintergarden. The free Fan Fast offers interactive games, a college hockey history display and more.
Additional fan events and UW Band performances may be added as the Frozen Four continues. Be sure to check UWBadgers.com, facebook.com/wisconsinbadgers or twitter.com/uwbadgersdotcom for the latest news and updates.
The UW Athletic Department and the Wisconsin Alumni Association are pleased to designate Cheli's Chili Bar as the official Badger Fan Headquarters. Cheli's Chili Bar is located at 47 East Adams Avenue in downtown Detroit (map), one block from Ford Field.
Cheli's Chili Bar is owned by Chris Chelios, a member of Wisconsin's 1983 national championship hockey team. Chelios is currently a member of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers and is completing his 25th season in the NHL.