The upcoming Colorado College hockey campaign will start outside the Pikes Peak region with the school's exhibition game to be held in Breckenridge.
The Tigers will host Canada's University of Lethbridge (Alberta) Pronghorns at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the 650-seat Stephen C. West Arena.
CC has been considering a game in Breckenridge for several years. Holding the exhibition outside The Broadmoor World Arena for the first time allows that facility to host a Professional Bull Riders tour stop Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
The city arena is the home of the Tier 3 Breckenridge Bolts, who compete in the same Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League as the Colorado Rampage and defending champion Pikes Peak Miners.
“This is the first time our rink has hosted a Division I hockey game and it is exciting to welcome such a high level of hockey for our community,” Breckenridge recreation department guest services coordinator Pete LaGrange said in a release. “We expect a great turnout for this event. This will be a highlight for kicking off our fall hockey season.”
Several special events are planned in Summit County, including an open practice at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 followed by a Skate with the Tigers meet-and-greet session.
“We want to thank Pete and the entire staff at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena for making this event possible,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said. “It is clear they are passionate about ice hockey and fully committed to making this a special event."
Tigers coach Mike Haviland hopes the event will stoke interest in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program in Breckenridge. A sellout is expected.
“We want every resident of Summit County to be a Tiger fan on September 30th,” Haviland said. “We are looking forward to seeing black and gold all over town as we prepare to do battle with Lethbridge.”
Tickets go on sale later. The Tigers, 8-24-4 last season, will have 17 home games beginning with Alaska-Anchorage on Oct. 13-14. The 2017-18 season opens at Vermont on Oct. 6-7.
Lethbridge will play six games against Canadian schools before the CC exhibition. The teams last faced each other on Oct. 2, 2010 with the Tigers prevailing 5-1 in that exhibition.
The Pronghorns of the Canada West Conference continue their road trip with exhibitions at NCAA champion Denver at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 and at Atlantic Hockey Conference playoffs champion Air Force at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2.
The Falcons will announce their full schedule later this summer.