Cold War (ice Hockey)
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Cold War Ice Hockey
Cold War
"The Cold War" had the highest attendance of any hockey game in history
123 Total
Michigan 111 3
Michigan State 102 3
DateOctober 6, 2001
ArenaSpartan Stadium
CityEast Lansing, Michigan

The Cold War was a college ice hockey game played between U.S. college rivals Michigan State University and the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 6, 2001. It set a then-world record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game with 74,544.[1]

Longtime rivals with the University of Michigan in hockey (and other sports), MSU decided not to play this contest at East Lansing's Munn Ice Arena, but instead set up an ice rink in the middle of the much larger Spartan Stadium, which they filled to 103.4% of capacity. This meant that 74,544[2] packed the Big Ten football stadium (the home of the MSU football team) to watch the MSU Spartans and the U-M Wolverines skate to a 3-3 tie.[3][4] Two 300-piece marching bands were present on field and the game was internationally televised. Country artist Shannon Brown sang during the second intermission.

Game summary

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MSU Adam Hall (1) - pp Jim Slater (1) and Joe Goodenow (1) 03:35 1-0 MSU
MICH Jason Ryznar (1) Mike Cammalleri (1) 17:13 1-1 TIE
2nd MICH Mike Cammalleri (1) Jason Ryznar (1) 03:08 2-1 MICH
3rd MSU Duncan Keith (1) - pp Brad Fast (1) and Ryan Miller (1) 05:43 2-2 TIE
MICH Mike Cammalleri (2) Jason Ryznar (2) and Jay Vancik (1) 11:13 3-2 MICH
MSU Jim Slater (1) Adam Hall (1) and Brad Fast (2) 19:13 3-3 TIE
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MICH Jed Ortmeyer Tripping 00:22 2:00
MICH Andy Burnes Interference 01:30 2:00
MSU Troy Ferguson Holding 06:45 2:00
MICH Jay Vancik Roughing 19:44 2:00
MSU Duncan Keith Roughing 19:44 2:00
MICH Michael Woodford High-Sticking 19:44 2:00
MSU Brad Fast High-Sticking 19:44 2:00
2nd MSU Joe Markusen Hooking 03:40 2:00
MSU Troy Ferguson Roughing 09:31 2:00
MICH Michael Woodford Tripping 10:26 2:00
3rd MICH Jason Ryznar Tripping 00:44 2:00
MICH Michael Woodford Charging 04:05 2:00
MICH Andy Burnes Slashing 05:06 2:00
MVP selections
Team Player Statistics
Michigan Mike Cammalleri 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Michigan State Jim Slater 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Team rosters

^ Kevin O'Malley and Matt Migliaccio dressed as the back-up goaltenders. Neither entered the game.


Record surpassed

The opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship took place on May 7 at the retractable-roof Veltins-Arena, normally used by the soccer club Schalke 04. On this occasion, the stadium's configuration allowed for a capacity of 75,976, which would ultimately be exceeded by almost 2,000, breaking the all-time attendance record.

On December 11, 2010, the two teams involved in the Cold War met again, this time with Michigan hosting the game at its football venue, Michigan Stadium. UM billed the game as "The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's".[5] When UM halted ticket sales to the general public on May 6, 2010, over 100,000 tickets had been sold.[6] As of the 2010 football season, Michigan Stadium had an official capacity of 109,901. The game ended with a 5-0 victory for the University of Michigan. The record was officially set at 104,173 people.


The game was broadcast by FSN Detroit, which made it available nationally. The announcers were Matt Shepard, Billy Jaffe and Shireen Saski. John Keating hosted a pregame show.

See also


  1. ^ Latham, Krista. "Game shatters records, players' expectations Archived November 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine". The State News. October 8, 2001.
  2. ^ Gumbrecht, Jamie. Big game brings out fans, winter clothes Archived 2006-11-11 at the Wayback Machine". The State News. October 7, 2001.
  3. ^ Jahnke, James. "'The Cold War' ends in stalemate Archived 2006-11-28 at the Wayback Machine". The State News. October 7, 2001.
  4. ^ McCollough, J. Brady. No winners in record-breaking game[permanent dead link]". The Michigan Daily. October 8, 2001.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-27. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Ticket Freeze for The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's" (Press release). University of Michigan Athletic Department. May 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
Preceded by
1957 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game
Ice hockey game attendance record
Succeeded by
2010 World Championship Opening Game

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