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Behind the scenes: The people who comprised the game’s record attendance

By Greg Garno, Daily Sports Editor
Published January 1, 2014

“The snowflakes are coming down, you couldn’t ask for anything better.”


Though most people came to Ann Arbor from out of the city, some Michigan students broke away from their normal commute to Yost Ice Arena to catch the outdoor game.

Kinesiology senior Nicola Berry and Engineering senior Mark Kolanowski, proud members of the Michigan hockey student section, the Children of Yost, attended the game together.

For Berry, it marked the third outdoor hockey game she has experienced after she attended the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park in Detroit. Kolanowski, a former hockey player, has played outside before, but for the pair, the cold — regardless of how annoying or uncomfortable — was not enough to deter them.

“I had about five layers on, snow boots, hand and foot warmers and had a hot chocolate during one of the intermissions — and I still froze,” Berry said. “It was worth it, though, and I'd be crazy enough to do it again.”

Added Kolanowski: “I think it was absolutely worth it to experience the game. I was much colder during this year's Indiana football game than today's hockey game.”

Both Berry and Kolanowski have attended football games before at Michigan Stadium, but Wednesday was strange not so much for the Canadian fans that surrounded them but rather the alcohol being consumed around them.

“It was a bit odd to see it out in the open as opposed to in flasks or little bottles being passed around the student section,” Kolanowski said.