By the numbers: Hockey at the Big House

The Cold War – Oct. 6, 2001 at Spartan Stadium

- Tie: Michigan State 3, Michigan 3

- Eight players in that game have played in the NHL this year: Mike Komisarek, Mike Cammalleri, Eric Nystrom, Duncan Keith, John-Michael Liles, Adam Hall, Jim Slater, Ryan Miller

- Adam Hall scored the game’s first goal; Cammalleri finished with 2-1—3

- Box score

- Then-Spartan assistant coach David McAuliffe had the original idea to play Michigan in the football stadium; Ron Mason and current MSU AD Mark Hollis helped see it to fruition

The Big Chill at the Big House – Dec. 11, 2010 at Michigan Stadium

- Michigan beat Michigan State, 5-0

- Six players from that game have played in the NHL this year: Derek Grant, Torey Krug, Carl Hagelin, Luke Glendening, Chris Brown, Jon Merrill

- Hagelin and Merrill each had two goals as Michigan dominated throughout; went 3-for-4 on the PP

- Box score

College/Outdoor Game Connections on the Red Wings and Maple Leafs:

- Brendan Smith and Jake Gardiner were teammates at Wisconsin and played together in the Camp Randall Classic on 2/6/10 (though not paired together – Gardiner was with Ryan McDonagh; 5 of the 6 defensemen on that team have reached the NHL and the 6th, John Ramage, is a rookie in the Calgary Flames’ system)

- Smith had 2 PPGs, including the game-winner late in the third, at the Camp Randall Hockey Classic vs. Michigan on 2/6/10 (that Michigan team featured Luke Glendening)

- Both Smith and Gardiner have played in another football stadium in Metro Detroit – Ford Field, when it hosted the Frozen Four in 2010. The Badgers lost, 5-0, in the title game to Boston College – a game that featured 17 future NHLers (and counting)

- Drew Miller’s brother Ryan was MSU’s goalie in the Cold War game; John-Michael Liles was a junior on that MSU team

- Luke Glendening played in three outdoor games at Michigan: the Camp Randall Hockey Classic vs. Wisconsin in 2009, the Big Chill at the Big House vs. MSU in 2010 and the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Progressive Field vs. Ohio State in 2012

- Danny DeKeyser’s former team, Western Michigan, won the Great Lakes Invitational this past weekend at Comerica Park, beating Michigan and Michigan Tech


- A total of 11 outdoor games will be played in Division I this year in the following facilities: Frontier Field (Rochester, NY); Comerica Park; Fenway Park; TCF Bank Stadium (U. of Minnesota)

- There had been 15 outdoor games in the modern era entering this season

NCAA and the NHL

- Former NCAA players make up 30 percent of the NHL, for the third straight season

- 71 percent of NHL players who went to college stayed at least 3 years

- 27 percent were never drafted; an additional 22 percent were drafted in the 5th round or later

- Each team has featured at least 5 NCAA players this year; Detroit and Toronto have played 9 each, which is around the average (8.7). Pittsburgh (18) has had the most.

- Boston College (21) and Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin (17 each) have produced the most NHLers this year.