It’s been an exciting few weeks for the Penn State hockey program and the start of the season is only a mere month away. So, it’s time to catch up on all the Penn State hockey news since the last time I checked in!
- The construction on Pegula Ice Arena is practically complete, as of a few days ago. Final touches began on the 20th of August when the crew finished painting the lines on the ice, along with the B1G logo and our very own Penn State logo. The construction fences along the streets went down on September 4th, just in time for both the men’s and women’s teams to start moving their equipment into the new arena on the 6th. The teams officially moved in on the 9th, where they finally got their first glimpse of their new building, along with their new locker rooms. Both teams Instagrams had clips of their reactions, the men’s you can find here and the women’s you can find here.
- As you may have heard, on September 10th men’s season hockey tickets went on sale to Penn State students. Tickets went on sale at 10 A.M. in the HUB, but according to some people on Twitter, students starting camping out inside at 10 P.M the night before. For $96, students could purchase 12 of the team’s 18 home games – six home games were excluded due to falling over different academic breaks and could be purchased individually – on Tuesday morning, but due to long lines that winded through the corridors, down the stairs, and out the doors of the HUB, only approximately 200-300 people obtained tickets before the ticket staff shut down the line. The rest of the students in line were given cards to write their contact information down so the club could get in contact with them about purchasing their tickets by the end of the week.
- In other recent news, both the men’s and women’s jerseys have been slightly upgraded for the upcoming season. Many of the changes are miniscule, but the most notable of changes is the alternate color nameplate on the back of both home and away jerseys, recently made popular by the Philadelphia Flyers. Examples of the men’s and women’s can be found on each team Instagram respectively.
As we approach the start of the 2013-14 season, make sure to check back here and on my Twitter for more Penn State hockey news and updates on both teams!