Badgers set to play Gophers in Soldier Fieldnext season, in hockey

Posted-July 9th, 2012 3:58 pm

Even in July the Badgers are proving that "It's a great day for hockey".

The Wisconsin men’s hockey team has officially signed on to play rival Minnesota in an outdoor game at Soldier Field in Chicago next February.

Head Coach Mike Eaves confirmed to NBC-15 Sports that UW Athletic Department officials have signed a contract with Illinois event promotion company InterSport to take part in a regional college hockey outdoor doubleheader Feb. 17, 2013 at Soldier Field.

The Badgers will face off with the WCHA rival Golden Gophers, and CCHA rivals Miami (Ohio) and Notre Dame will play in the second game that day.

The Wisconsin-Minnesota match-up will be the 2nd game of their WCHA series which will open Feb. 15 at the Kohl Center. The teams will then travel to Chicago for the outdoor series finale Sunday.

This will be the third outdoor game in Wisconsin men’s hockey program history. The Badgers previously played Ohio State at Lambeau Field in 2006 and against Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium in 2010.

The meeting between the Badgers and Gophers in Chicago will also be their final regular season mathcup as WCHA rivals between the two programs. Both will join the new Big Ten conference in 2013-2014.

(Copyright Associated Press)

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