Cold War (ice hockey)

Cold War
123 Total
Michigan 111 3
Michigan State 102 3
Date October 6, 2001
Arena Spartan Stadium
City East Lansing, Michigan
Attendance 74,544

The Cold War was a college ice hockey game played between U.S. college rivals Michigan State University and the University of Michigan on Saturday, October 6, 2001. It set a then-world record for the largest crowd at an ice hockey game with 74,544.[1]

Longtime rivals with the University of Michigan in hockey (and other sports), MSU decided not to play this contest at East Lansing's Munn Ice Arena, but instead set up an ice rink in the middle of the much larger Spartan Stadium, which they filled to 103.4% of capacity. This meant that 74,544[2] packed the Big Ten football stadium (the home of the MSU football team) to watch the MSU Spartans and the U-M Wolverines skate to a 3-3 tie.[3][4] Two 300-piece marching bands were present on field and the game was internationally televised. Country artist Shannon Brown sang during the second intermission.

Game summary

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MSU Adam Hall (1) – pp Jim Slater (1) and Joe Goodenow (1) 03:35 1–0 MSU
MICH Jason Ryznar (1) Mike Cammalleri (1) 17:13 1–1 TIE
2nd MICH Mike Cammalleri (1) Jason Ryznar (1) 03:08 2–1 MICH
3rd MSU Duncan Keith (1) – pp Brad Fast (1) and Ryan Miller (1) 05:43 2–2 TIE
MICH Mike Cammalleri (2) Jason Ryznar (2) and Jay Vancik (1) 11:13 3–2 MICH
MSU Jim Slater (1) Adam Hall (1) and Brad Fast (2) 19:13 3–3 TIE
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MICH Jed Ortmeyer Tripping 00:22 2:00
MICH Andy Burnes Interference 01:30 2:00
MSU Troy Ferguson Holding 06:45 2:00
MICH Jay Vancik Roughing 19:44 2:00
MSU Duncan Keith Roughing 19:44 2:00
MICH Michael Woodford High-Sticking 19:44 2:00
MSU Brad Fast High-Sticking 19:44 2:00
2nd MSU Joe Markusen Hooking 03:40 2:00
MSU Troy Ferguson Roughing 09:31 2:00
MICH Michael Woodford Tripping 10:26 2:00
3rd MICH Jason Ryznar Tripping 00:44 2:00
MICH Michael Woodford Charging 04:05 2:00
MICH Andy Burnes Slashing 05:06 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
Michigan 7 9 4 2 22
Michigan State 5 10 8 1 24
Power play opportunities
Team Goals/Opportunities
Michigan 0/5
Michigan State 2/8
MVP selections
Team Player Statistics
Michigan Mike Cammalleri 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Michigan State Jim Slater 1 Goal, 1 Assist

Team rosters

Michigan Wolverines
# Player Position
3 United States Eric Werner D
4 United States Andy Burnes D
5 United States Brandon Rogers D
8 United States Mike Komisarek D
9 Canada Milan Gajic RW
10 United States Dwight Helminen C
11 United States Joe Kautz RW
12 United States J.J. Swistak RW
13 Canada Mike Cammalleri (A) LW
14 Canada Craig Murray LW
15 United States Jay Vancik D
17 United States Michael Woodford RW
18 United States David Moss RW
21 United States Eric Nystrom LW
22 United States Jason Ryznar LW
23 United States Mike Roemensky D
26 United States Jed Ortmeyer (C) RW
28 United States John Shouneyia C
29 United States Josh Blackburn G
34 United States Kevin O'Malley G
Canada Head coach: Red Berenson
Michigan State Spartans
# Player Position
2 United States Jon Insana D
3 Canada Duncan Keith D
4 United States John-Michael Liles D
5 United States Joe Markusen D
5 United States Tim Hearon C
9 Canada Brock Radunske LW
10 Canada Kevin Estrada LW
11 United States Steve Jackson C
14 Canada Ash Goldie C
17 Canada Troy Ferguson RW
18 United States Adam Hall (C) RW
19 United States Jim Slater C
20 Canada Brian Maloney LW
21 Canada Mike Lalonde LW
22 United States Lee Falardeau C
24 United States Andrew Hutchinson D
26 Canada Joe Goodenow LW
27 Canada Brad Fast (A) D
30 United States Matt Migliaccio G
39 United States Ryan Miller G
Canada Head coach: Ron Mason
^ Kevin O'Malley and Matt Migliaccio dressed as the back-up goaltenders. Neither entered the game.


Record surpassed

The opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship took place on May 7 at the retractable-roof Veltins-Arena, normally used by the soccer club Schalke 04. On this occasion, the stadium's configuration allowed for a capacity of 75,976, which would ultimately be exceeded by almost 2,000, breaking the all-time attendance record.

On December 11, 2010, the two teams involved in the Cold War met again, this time with Michigan hosting the game at its football venue, Michigan Stadium. UM billed the game as "The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's".[5] When UM halted ticket sales to the general public on May 6, 2010, over 100,000 tickets had been sold.[6] As of the 2010 football season, Michigan Stadium had an official capacity of 109,901. The game ended with a 5-0 victory for the University of Michigan. The record was officially set at 104,173 people.


The game was broadcast by FSN Detroit, which made it available nationally. The announcers were Matt Shepard, Billy Jaffe and Shireen Saski. John Keating hosted a pregame show.

See also


  1. Latham, Krista. "Game shatters records, players' expectations Archived November 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.". The State News. October 8, 2001.
  2. Gumbrecht, Jamie. Big game brings out fans, winter clothes". The State News. October 7, 2001.
  3. Jahnke, James. "'The Cold War' ends in stalemate". The State News. October 7, 2001.
  4. McCollough, J. Brady. No winners in record-breaking game". The Michigan Daily. October 8, 2001.
  6. "Ticket Freeze for The Big Chill at the Big House Presented by Arby's" (Press release). University of Michigan Athletic Department. May 6, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
Preceded by
1957 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game
Ice hockey game attendance record
Succeeded by
2010 World Championship Opening Game
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