By Kim Wrona
11/22/13—DeKalb, IL NIU Hockey announced today that the D2 Huskies will be participating in the Winter Frost Face-Off on February 8, 2014 where they will take on DePaul University in an outdoor game.
This game was slated to be the Huskies’ last home game of the 2013-14 season at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva and was supposed to start at 5:30 pm.
Now, the game will be at MB Financial Park in Rosemont at the outdoor rink and will begin at 4:00pm.
NIU’s game is one of four games that will be a part of the day. There will be a women’s game and a D3 game before them and a D1 game will take place afterwards.
“NIU Hockey would like to thank the Village of Rosemont and Kevin Mann from 200 x 85 LLC for helping make this event possible,” said General Manager Ian Kalanges.
Mann originally approached Kalanges and head coach Chuck Rinaldo with the idea.
“After I had some discussions with Kevin, Chuck met with him at the site, and we decided to move forward with the event,” Kalanges said. “I think this a great way to end the 2013-2014 home schedule by playing at such a nice setup right in the middle of the Chicago suburbs. I am super excited for this event and this will have a true Winter Classic feel to it with all the surrounding restaurants and attractions. I think this will help give great exposure to the NIU Hockey program.”
“It's very exciting to have NIU participating in an outdoor game,” Rinaldo said. “The city of Rosemont is doing a great job of creating a fun atmosphere for both the fans and the players for these games. It will be a great opportunity to promote our program to future NIU players and also get local Chicago based alumni out to the game to enjoy the festivities and watch some good hockey. We are looking forward to being a part of this special event.”
This will be NIU’s second outdoor game in four seasons. The team’s first outdoor game was during the 2010-2011 season and was played at the Elmhurst YMCA. The Huskies took on Robert Morris University Peoria in a charity game to raise funds for the Danny Did Foundation.