There Will be Hockey In Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO - The Western Michigan University hockey team begins preparations for its 2004-05 campaign with the opening of training camp this Saturday (Oct. 2) at Lawson Arena.

Sixth-year head coach Jim Culhane begins practice sessions with a 25-man roster that features National Hockey League Draft picks in senior RW Pat Dwyer (Atlanta Thrashers), junior C Vince Bellissimo (Florida Panthers) and junior transfer RW Mike Erickson (Minnesota Wild).

Culhane will introduce his team to the media and the public over the next two weeks leading up to the WMU's season-opening Central Collegiate Hockey Association series against Alaska Fairbanks (Oct. 15-16) in Kalamazoo. Below is a listing of upcoming events:

CCHA Media Day
Tues., Sept. 28, Noon
Joe Louis Arena
-- Announcement of media polls preseason All-CCHA teams
RSVP with Courtney Welch or Fred Pletsch at (248) 888-0600.

Brown & Gold (scrimmage)
Wed., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Lawson Arena
-- Bronco rookies encounter their first test. Free admission and parking.

Bronco Hockey Media Day
Thurs., Oct. 7, Noon
Gallagher's Eatery
--Coach Culhane previews season along with captains Pat Dwyer, Vince Bellissimo and Brent Walton

WMU vs. Brock (exhibition)
Fri., Oct. 8, 7:35 p.m.
Lawson Arena
-- WMU defeated the third-ranked Badgers, 6-1, last year to claim the Steel Blade trophy. Tickets on on sale at the Bronco Ticket Office (269) 387-8092.

2004-05 Schedule
Fri., Oct. 15 ALASKA FAIRBANKS # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 16 ALASKA FAIRBANKS # 7:35 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 22 @ Nebraska-Omaha # 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 23 @ Nebraska-Omaha # 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 29 OHIO STATE # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30 OHIO STATE # 7:35 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 5 NIAGARA 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 6 NIAGARA 7:35 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 12 NOTRE DAME # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13 NOTRE DAME # 8:05 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 19 @ Miami # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 20 @ Miami # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 27 ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE 7:35 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 28 ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE 3:05 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 3 FERRIS STATE # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4 @ Ferris State # 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 17 @ Bemidji State 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 18 @ Bemidji State 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 7 @ Michigan # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8 MICHIGAN # 7:35 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 14 MICHIGAN STATE # 7:35 p.m.
Sa.t, Jan. 15 @ Michigan State # 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 28 @ Ohio State # 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 29 @ Ohio State # 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 4 MIAMI # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 5 MIAMI # 7:35 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 11 @ Northern Michigan # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12 @ Northern Michigan # 7:35 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 18 @ Bowling Green # 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 @ Bowling Green # 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE # 7:35 p.m.
Fri., March 4 @ Ferris State # 7:35 p.m.
Sat., March 5 FERRIS STATE # 7:35 p.m.
March 11-13 CCHA First Round March 17-19 CCHA
Super Six Joe Louis Arena March 25-26 NCAA
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