Gophers Excited About Hockey City Classic

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It was announced today that Minnesota will play Wisconsin in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago on Feb. 17. In addition, Notre Dame and Miami will also face one another the same day at Soldier Field.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning on Oct. 1. Game times and television broadcast information for the event will be announced in the future.

The game between the Gophers and Badgers will count as a regular-season WCHA game.
The teams will meet Friday, Feb. 15, in Madison and then travel to Chicago on Saturday in advance of Sunday's Hockey City Classic. During the regular season the teams will meet four times total: twice at Mariucci Arena (Nov. 16-17), once in Madison and once in Chicago.

We caught up with head coach Don Lucia, forward Nate Condon and defenseman Seth Helgeson about playing in the Hockey City Classic. Here is what they had to say.

Don Lucia

"It is something that I have always wanted to do, and I think it will be exciting. Soldier Field has great history and this is a wonderful opportunity for the University of Minnesota to play in its first recent outdoor hockey game. It should be a terrific experience for all involved. Playing Wisconsin, one of our big rivals, will only add to the experience and make it extra special."

Nate Condon, forward

"I think it is going to be really cool for us. None of us have ever played in that environment and we are playing a big rival in Wisconsin. That is always a big game in itself. It gives us one of those rare chances to play in front of tens of thousands of people, something you could never do indoors. Then it also kind of brings you back to playing pond hockey and playing outside in the cold weather growing up. I grew up playing pond hockey. There was a rink nearby and I would play with my brothers and friends. Most of our other guys are from Minnesota, so all they did growing up was play pond hockey."

Seth Helgeson, defense

"I am excited to play. It will be our first time playing outdoors and will be a great atmosphere. This is a big game that will be in the spotlight and on a big stage. I am up for it and all the guys are up for it. It will be a great experience and playing Wisconsin only hypes the game up more. Playing a team like Wisconsin only makes this game that much more important to us. This is a once in a lifetime experience and something we will remember forever. It is a huge game, but it will also be our fans against their fans, so it will be a special night."

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