Today is September 15, which is the "soft opening," so to speak for the men's college hockey season. Starting today, coaches can go on the ice with their teams for a total of two hours a week. Those limitations are in effect until Saturday, Oct. 3 when the season official begins. Of course, when that day comes around, things escalate quickly, with the Mavericks playing an exhibition game the next day and a regular-season series the following weekend.
"It's the officials start," junior defenseman and captain Carter Foguth said Monday for my story. "It's the day when we start our journey. It's full speed from there."
The Mavericks are still practicing at All Seasons Arena and are scheduled to move into their new digs at the Verizon Wireless Center at the end of the month. Coach Mike Hastings said things are progressing well with the new hockey center's construction, although much work remains over the final couple of weeks.