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University of Michigan hockey team to open season against Ferris State

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The University of Michigan announced on Friday that its ice hockey team will start the new season with a Saturday, October 4 road date versus the Ferris State Bulldogs, against which it used to compete in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), The CCHA dissolved following the 2012-13 season, after which Michigan joined the Big Ten Conference for its inaugural campaign. The Wolverines will participate in nonconference and exhibition contests prior to the start of the Big Ten schedule on Friday, November 21, when they will host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Yost Ice Arena.

A story published to U-M’s official athletic website,, has a link to the full schedule and more information on the forthcoming season, during which Michigan will lace up their skates against five conference opponents. In addition to Penn State, those teams include Minnesota, which took last year’s regular season conference crown and Wisconsin, which captured the flag in the postseason tourney. Rounding out the six-team conference are Michigan State and Ohio State. Learn more about the 2013-14 season in a recap story on the Big Ten website.

Wolverine head coach Red Berenson will begin his 31st year behind the bench for the Maize and Blue. Berenson has guided his squad to pair of NCAA championships (1996 and 1998) and has a 788-384-84 career record with U-M. He joined the program as head coach in 1984, following a 17-year stint in the National Hockey League, where he played nearly 1,000 games as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. He also worked in management for the Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres before taking the reins at Michigan.

In December, Joe Louis Arena in Detroit will host this year’s Great Lakes Invitational, which will bring together Michigan, Michigan State, Ferris State and Michigan Tech. Stay current with the University of Michigan ice hockey team not only on, but also on Facebook and Twitter.