MSU Hockey Coach Danton Cole Talks Spartans!

Hondo S. Carpenter

Tom & Lupe Izzo Media Center

East Lansing, MI

The 2019-2020 Spartan Hockey season is underway.  Led by head coach Danton Cole, the Spartans are looking to move up into the Big Ten playoffs.  Like the SEC in football, the Big Ten is the nation's premier hockey league.

The Spartans are 1-1-0 and headed out West to Colorado College this weekend for a matchup with the Prowler.  This is the first series for these two teams since February of 1981, a series in which the Spartans swept Colorado College at Munn Ice Arena.

The trip out to Colorado Springs, CO is a long one, but the biggest concern may be something that will shock most sports fans, who aren't knowledgeable about hockey.  Unlike basketball and football that are played on a standard regulation field, college hockey plays on rinks of various sizes.

The National Hockey League has standard sheets of ice, but not in college.  Colorado College plays on a larger sheet of ice that makes it difficult for most teams like the Spartans that don't play on one.  It can cause your players to have depth perception issues and they find themselves often shooting from farther away than usual.

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