The Big Chill at the Big House
|Date||December 11, 2010|
|City||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Attendance||113,411 (announced), 104,173 (certified)|
The Big Chill at the Big House was an outdoor college ice hockey game played on December 11, 2010 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The game, which pitted Michigan with long-time rival Michigan State University, was held at Michigan Stadium (also known as "The Big House"), which normally hosts the Michigan football team and has an official capacity of 109,901. In a rematch of the Cold War outdoor game of 2001, the 'Big Chill' set a world hockey record with an announced attendance of 113,411. Guinness World Records, counting tickets scanned rather than sold, announced the official attendance as 104,173.
With over 100,000 tickets sold when Michigan stopped sales to the general public on May 6, 2010, the rematch broke the past record of 77,803, set in the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. "The Big Chill" was confirmed by the Michigan Daily on March 5, 2009, but the two schools did not officially announce the game until January 28, 2010.
Previous Michigan outdoor games
The Wolverines have played two previous outdoor games in their history, both away from home.
The Cold War was held on Saturday, October 6, 2001 between Michigan and Michigan State, held at Michigan State's football venue of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, which resulted in a 3–3 tie in front of a crowd of 74,544.
Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic
On February 6, 2010, Michigan played another hockey rival, the University of Wisconsin, at the Badgers' football home of Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. In an event billed as the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, Wisconsin won, 3–2, in front of 55,301 fans. Game time temperature was 21 degrees F.
The game was broadcast locally by Fox Sports Detroit and nationally by the Big Ten Network, as well as in Ontario via Leafs TV. The game was available on the internet via Fox Sports Detroit's website, and in Alaska via KFXF.
The University of Michigan spared no expense to make the event as memorable as possible. The University added permanent lighting to Michigan Stadium in time for the event, as lights would be needed due to the time of day during which the game would be played. The University later announced that fireworks would be used when Michigan entered the ice during the game, as well as after every goal. Following the national anthem, a flyover was conducted by a B-2 Stealth Bomber.
Postgame Fireworks Show
After the game ended, a 7 minute fireworks show commenced. Fireworks were shot off from all around the rink on the field, as well as from the roof of the new luxury and press boxes on either side of the field. The fireworks show was conducted in unison with various songs from the soundtrack for the movie The Big Chill.
Michigan fired 29 shots on Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano, while Michigan State fired 34 shots on Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, who recorded his first shutout of the season and the second of his career.
|1st||MICH||Jon Merrill (4) (PP)||Chad Langlais, Ben Winnett||12:04||1–0 MICH|
|MICH||Jon Merrill (5)||Matt Rust, Carl Hagelin||14:54||2–0 MICH|
|2nd||MICH||Carl Hagelin (8) (PP)||Matt Rust, Brandon Burlon||12:12||3–0 MICH|
|3rd||MICH||Carl Hagelin (9) (PP)||Matt Rust, Chad Langlais||8:57||4–0 MICH|
|MICH||David Wohlberg (8)||Brandon Burlon||10:45||5–0 MICH|
|2nd||MSU||Zach Josepher||Hitting After the Whistle||2:24||2:00|
|MICH||Chris Brown||Hitting After the Whistle||2:24||2:00|
|MSU||BENCH (served by Dean Chelios)||Too Many Men||5:53||2:00|
|MICH||Matt Rust||Holding the Stick||7:48||2:00|
|MICH||Luke Glendening (served by Chris Brown)||Grasping the Facemask||12:23||2:00|
Three star selections
- 1st: Jon Merrill
- 2nd: Carl Hagelin
- 3rd: Matt Rust
- 4th: Shawn Hunwick*
- At the end of the game, Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick was named honorary 4th star of the Big Chill at the Big House to please the Michigan fans in attendance who were chanting his name.
|Michigan State Spartans||Michigan Wolverines|
|4||Trevor Nil||RW||3||Scooter Vaughn||LW|
|5||Brock Shelgren||D||6||Brandon Burlon||D|
|7||Tim Buttery||D||7||Chad Langlais||D|
|8||Chris Forfar||C||8||Jacob Fallon||C|
|9||Daultan Leveille||C||9||Luke Moffat||RW|
|10||Dustin Gazely||RW||10||Chris Brown||RW|
|11||Brett Perlini||RW||11||Kevin Lynch||LW|
|13||Mike Merrifield||LW||12||Carl Hagelin||LW|
|14||Zach Josepher||D||13||Lee Moffie||D|
|16||Dean Chelios||LW||16||Ben Winnett||RW|
|17||Matt Crandell||D||19||Matt Rust||C|
|21||Anthony Hayes||C||21||A.J. Treais||C|
|22||Lee Reimer||LW||23||Luke Glendening||RW|
|23||Matt Grassi||D||24||Jon Merrill||D|
|27||Derek Grant||C||25||David Wohlberg||LW|
|29||Drew Palmisano||G||29||Louie Caporusso||C|
|37||Will Yanakeff1||G||30||Adam Janecyk1||G|
|42||Jake Chelios||LW||31||Shawn Hunwick||G|
|44||Torey Krug||D||34||Tristan Llewellyn||D|
|91||Zach Golembiewski||C||35||Bryan Hogan2||G|
|Head Coach: Rick Comley||Head Coach: Red Berenson|
- 1 Yanakeff and Janecyk served as reserve goaltenders and did not see playing time.
- 2 Hogan was originally the starter for Michigan, but suffered a groin injury that held him out of the game.
Media related to The Big Chill at the Big House at Wikimedia Commons
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- "Historic win for Germany". International Ice Hockey Federation. May 5, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Reid, Andy (March 4, 2009). "The Cold War II?". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
- "Wolverines Will Host Spartans in Big Chill at the Big House on Dec. 11" (Press release). University of Michigan Athletic Department. January 28, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Latham, Krista. "Game shatters records, players’ expectations". The State News. October 8, 2001.
- University of Michigan. 2009-2010 Hockey Schedule. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-hockey/sched/mich-m-hockey-sched.html
- AnnArbor.com, Feb. 6, 2010
- "Special Events Schedule Announced for the Big Chill at the Big House". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
- "Permanent Lights to be Installed at Michigan Stadium". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
- Stephen J. Nesbitt (2010-12-08). "Fireworks and flashy celebrations expected at the Big Chill". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
- Jeff Arnold (2010-11-12). "Excitement builds for Big Chill at the Big House with merchandise sales and as schedule is announced". Retrieved 2010-12-16.
- "Postgame Notes: #12 Michigan 5, Michigan State 0". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
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- Stephen J. Nesbitt (2010-12-14). "Hogan expected to miss 6-8 weeks with groin pull". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2010-12-16.