Published: August 3, 2014
The fans weren't the only ones excited by the hire of new Colorado College hockey coach Mike Haviland.
The alumni were too, to the tune of between $125,000 and $150,000.
On the heels of the May 9 hire, CC athletic director Ken Ralph said a number of generous alumni stepped forward and were willing to donate toward renovations to the existing locker room and players lounge at The Broadmoor World Arena.
"They wanted to make sure Mike got what he needed," Ralph said.
The private money was raised by CC and is not connected in any way to World Arena. The move was made after Haviland and other coaching finalists said the program needed to upgrade its video equipment and display capabilities to keep pace with other Division I hockey programs.
CC is installing a new video display in what was once a doorway out of the locker room to the home bench. That display will have Telestrator capabilities so coaches can lead video sessions in the locker room instead of in the current players lounge across the hallway.
The Telestrator is part of a video editing software upgrade.
"That stuff does not come cheap," Ralph said.
In addition to the video display, there will be another TV for video use on the southern wall of the locker room and an improved sound system. Above the players' stalls along the eastern wall, CC will display pictures of past and current NHL players and All-Americans to honor past Tiger greats.
"Mike wanted to celebrate the history of the program," Ralph said.
The carpet will be replaced with the current logo replaced by the circular school logo.
None of the improvements will be visible to fans.
After construction is completed in the next few weeks, the players lounge will be a recreation area with foosball and air hockey tables, new furniture, and a food and juice bar available before and after practices.
Ralph said the school may renovate the showers and restrooms in five years.