Guy Gadowsky promises students a season that “rocks,” as student ticket sales begin Wednesday for Penn State men’s hockey’s first NCAA Division-I season.
“It’s the start of something very new at Penn State,” the head coach said. “Division-I hockey is fun, it flies, it’s really special to be a part of Division-I hockey. Everybody is looking forward to it and it’s a great program at Penn State.”
Gadowsky said the program’s games against Big Ten foes like Michigan State and Wisconsin will make for an exciting new season.
“Those types of schools coming in,” Gadowsky said, “it really rocks.”
Student tickets can be purchased Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Office. Students are encouraged to come early because of a limited supply.
Gadowsky said he will be impressed with the students who come out at such an early hour Wednesday. He also said he’s hoping for a good turnout.
“There’s been a great response with students I’ve come in contact with,” Gadowksy said. “I think they’re really curious to see the new product.”
Student tickets will be offered in three different five-game packages for $20 each. The packages are limited to one package per person on Wednesday. If there are tickets still available after the first day, then students are able to purchase additional packages on Thursday. Students need a valid student ID and the tickets can only be purchased with cash or credit card.
As the Nittany Lions approach their new season, they also unveil their new jerseys today at 1:15 p.m. in the Beaver Stadium Media Room, with fans meeting outside the All-Sports Museum, according to a press release.
“It’s interesting,” Gadowsky said. “I want to see what people think of [the jerseys]. I love it, I personally think it is very Penn State.”
The Lions will play their season opener Oct. 12 against American International at home in the Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
Gadowsky said he only has one expectation of his team in its first Division-I season.
“I expect us to work our behinds off to get as good as we possibly can to get into next year,” Gadowsky said. “We can’t take one day off…we have to improve every day to get better.”
Gadowsky could barely express how excited he is to begin such a historic season.
“We’ve been thinking about this, our whole staff has been waiting for this,” Gadowsky said. “It’s a really exciting moment.”