The Big Chill At The Big House

December 11, 2010 by staff 

The Big Chill At The Big House, Michigan State coach Rick Comley played hockey once in an outdoor game as a player for Lake Superior State … in front of 26 fans at St. Cloud State in 1971. Comley MSU will be behind the bench on Saturday afternoon when the Spartans play rival Michigan in The Big Chill in the Big House before an expected crowd of 110,000. Comley played for former MSU head coach Ron Mason in the ’71 season when the Lakers played at St. Cloud State in a game NAIA. The outdoor rink was built on a hill. “I remember very well,” Comley said. “He (outdoor rink) was on a hill on the road to a package of meat and the smell was ridiculous.” Comley said the players were in a snowbank in Instead of taking a seat on the bench. Comley will try to fans on Saturday and know how much things have changed in 40 years. Although Comley knows he just needs to concentrate on coaching, CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos will monitor weather conditions. Anastos like to see a repeat of Friday’s weather – 40 degrees and light wind. He said that if the wind plays a role, the game could be played in two 10-minute segments of each period for Teams change sides. The teams could also play with the wind for each period, and then switch sides halfway through the third. It will take a decision after heating.

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