There has been some discussion among blog readers about MSU's marketing efforts for hockey. There are myriad opinions. None on this post, however, just a list of what the university is doing, starting with this weekend's games against Minnesota Duluth:
Nov. 30, Minnesota Duluth -- First 100 fans receive a mini travel cooler from The Free Press
Dec. 1, Minnesota Duluth -- Skate With the Mavericks.
Dec. 7, Wisconsin -- First 500 fans receive MSU Hockey toque (knit hat) courtesy of McDonald's
Dec. 8, Wisconsin -- Teddy Bear Toss. Bring a new stuffed animal and receive a voucher for a discount at a future game
Dec. 28, Princeton -- First 500 fans receive a 11 x 17 2008 MSU Athletics wall calendar. It's also Group Incentive Night; bring a group of 20 or more to the game an everyone in your group will receive a free ticket to the Feb. 2 game against Denver.
Jan. 18, North Dakota -- First 500 fans receive a Maverick Hockey trading card set courtesy of Alltel
Jan. 25, St. Cloud State -- First 250 fans receive a Maverick game puck courtesy of MSU security
Feb. 1, Denver -- First 1,000 fans receive stress puck courtesy of MSU security
Feb. 2, Denver -- Autograph night. Postgame autograph session with the Mavericks
Feb. 8, Alaska Anchorage -- First 350 fans receive an MSU drawstring back pack courtesy of Charter Communications
Feb. 9, Alaska Anchorage -- Junior Maverick Night. Junior Mavericks get in free
Feb. 26, Nebraska-Omaha, Two for Tuesday. Buy one ticket, Get one free