Ticket package and individual game ticket sales surpassed the record set in 2007 already, Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Bruce McLeod said during Tuesday morning’s media teleconference. Specific numbers were not announced.
“There’s a lot of great buzz about the tournament,” he said. “I have already heard a lot about the secondary ticket sales (ticket scalping) and how those prices keep going up.”
It should be no surprise. No. 3 seed North Dakota usually has 8-9,000 fans come to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center while Minnesota, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State have considerable fan bases all within a two-hour drive of the Twin Cities.
No doubt, most fans feel their team has a chance to win it. It was the tightest WCHA race ever with the top six places all within four points of each other.
“I know Mankato is abuzz,” McLeod said. “It will be a terrific tournament. I can’t wait for the puck to drop.”
The league will recognize former WCHA coaches, the league’s major award winners and NHL alumni during and before games. Five of the six teams will have pep bands traveling in adding to the atmosphere provided by a jammed concourse.
On other news …
Here is more on North Dakota’s 6-0 win Sunday over Michigan Tech.
Nebraska-Omaha junior defenseman Andrej Sustr is leaving early for the pros multiple outlets are reporting, including his roommate. Other future NCHC players who will attract attention are UNO junior Ryan Walters, a Hobey Baker hopeful, and Western Michigan defenseman Dan DeKeyser who will find out Sunday if the Broncos make the NCAAs.
Former Tiger Richard Bachman was sent down to the AHL’s Texas Stars.