Michigan Hockey 101

Athletics may look a bit different this year, as Yost Arena is noticeably empty of fans, but it’s always a good time to root for the Wolverines! Once things start to reopen, you’ll be eligible as Ford students to purchase tickets and attend home games. 

Some UMich Hockey basics:

  • The Wolverines play at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor, a venue with a capacity of 5,800. 
  • Since 2017, Mel Pearson has served as head coach, replacing longtime coach and former NHL player Red Berenson. 
  • Like other UM teams, the men’s hockey squad competes as part of the Big Ten athletic conference.
  • The University of Michigan boasts an elite hockey program with dozens of alumni going on to play in the NHL, including about twenty current players.
  • UM’s main rivals in hockey are the Michigan State Spartans, with whom we play an annual game at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

It’s hockey season here in Ann Arbor, and our boys in Maize and Blue are off to a roaring start. Currently sitting at 12-8 on the season, the Wolverines have faced off with Big Ten rivals such as Notre Dame, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Michigan State. Most recently, the team split an away series with the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, dropping the first game 3-2 while emerging victorious in the second with a score of 6-0. 

Life at the Ford School can be hectic with plenty of assignments, exams, readings, and classes. Because of the fast-paced environment we inhabit, it’s important to take some time to destress. Setting your book aside and watching a hockey game on the Big Ten Network may be just the respite you need. 

Be on the lookout for future posts about life at the Ford School!