By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief
The University of Michigan-Dearborn hockey team will be heading outdoors afterall.
Oakland hockey announced that its outdoor game against the Wolverines at Clark Park would be rescheduled for Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 9, but heavy rain and unseasonably warm temperatures called for a postponement.
“We actually just got word of it… we’re ecstatic for it,” Wolverines defenseman Ryan Urso said. “Obviously we make jerseys for it every year; they’re the outdoor theme. We were a little bummed. We knew that the weather probably wasn’t going to cooperate with us, but we’re excited to get out there and play.
“You dream of (playing outdoors) as a kid. No matter how old you are, you want to go outside and play a little pond hockey.”
The Wolverines and Golden Grizzlies have attempted to play outdoors at Clark Park since 2014. Each year, the originally-scheduled game was either postponed or cancelled.
In 2014, the outdoor game was cancelled as it was the season finale for both teams. There was no time for a makeup game with Oakland hosting the GLCHL tournament days later.
Last season, the game was pushed back one day. The Wolverines won 10-4.
It also marks the third consecutive year in which UM-Dearborn ordered special jerseys for the game. Rebirth Sports designed the jerseys for the second-consecutive year. According to Rebirth, the jerseys feature a cream base, navy arms and maize accent.
Expect the jerseys to debut at the rescheduled game.
“We’re going to save them ‘til that game,” Urso said, “and then start mixing them here and there throughout the season.”