Saturday marks the official start date of the college hockey season, and Minnesota State will have its first full practices after a couple of weeks of limited preseason workouts. On Sunday, the puck drops already with the Mavericks playing Lethbridge in an exhibition game at the refurbished Verizon Wireless Center (5 p.m.). The upgrades look fantastic so far, and people seem to be very excited about those purple seats. We'll soon find out how excited they are about the hockey team, which enters 2013-14 with more hype than it's normally used to this time of year. I'll be wrapping up my preview(s) for Sunday's Free Press today, so look for those stories on your doorstep soon. See you at the rink later that day.