The Big Chill at the Big House

The Big Chill at the Big House
The Big Chill at the Big House

Michigan vs Michigan State
1 2 3 Total
Michigan State 0 0 0 0
Michigan 2 1 2 5
Date December 11, 2010
Arena Michigan Stadium
City Ann Arbor, MI
Attendance 113,411 (announced), 104,173 (certified)[1][2]

The Big Chill at the Big House was an outdoor college ice hockey game played on December 11, 2010 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The game, which pitted Michigan with long-time rival Michigan State University, was held at Michigan Stadium (also known as "The Big House"), which normally hosts the Michigan football team and has an official capacity of 109,901. In a rematch of the Cold War outdoor game of 2001, the 'Big Chill' set a world hockey record with an announced attendance of 113,411, surpassing the previous hockey record of 77,803 fans from the 2010 IIHF World Championship's opening game at Veltins-Arena in Germany by over 35,000 people. Guinness World Records, counting tickets scanned rather than sold, announced the official attendance as 104,173.

With over 100,000 tickets sold when Michigan stopped sales to the general public on May 6, 2010,[3] the rematch broke the past record of 77,803, set in the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.[4] "The Big Chill" was confirmed by the Michigan Daily on March 5, 2009,[5] but the two schools did not officially announce the game until January 28, 2010.[6]

The rink was centered in the stadium's playing field so that the red line (center ice) was directly on top of the 50-yard line.[6]


Previous Michigan outdoor games

The Wolverines have played two previous outdoor games in their history, both away from home.

Cold War

The Cold War was held on Saturday, October 6, 2001 between Michigan and Michigan State, held at Michigan State's football venue of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, which resulted in a 3–3 tie in front of a crowd of 74,544.[7] The match was so successful, it led to the creation of the Heritage Classic, the Winter Classic, and numerous outdoor college hockey games.

Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic

On February 6, 2010, Michigan played another hockey rival, the University of Wisconsin, at the Badgers' football home of Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.[8] In an event billed as the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, Wisconsin won, 3–2, in front of 55,301 fans. Game time temperature was 21 degrees F.[9]


The game was broadcast locally by Fox Sports Detroit and nationally by the Big Ten Network, as well as in Ontario via Leafs TV. The game was available on the internet via Fox Sports Detroit's website, and in Alaska via KFXF.[10]

Pregame Festivities

The University of Michigan spared no expense to make the event as memorable as possible. The University added permanent lighting to Michigan Stadium in time for the event, as lights would be needed due to the time of day during which the game would be played.[11] The University later announced that fireworks would be used when Michigan entered the ice during the game, as well as after every goal.[12] Following the national anthem, a flyover was conducted by a B-2 Stealth Bomber.[10]

Postgame Fireworks Show

The fireworks extravaganza following The Big Chill at The Big House

After the game ended, a 7 minute fireworks show commenced. Fireworks were shot off from all around the rink on the field, as well as from the roof of the new luxury and press boxes on either side of the field. The fireworks show was conducted in unison with various songs from the soundtrack for the movie The Big Chill.

Game Summary

Michigan wore a vintage jersey for the event, which was worn from 1945 to 1948.[13]

Michigan fired 29 shots of Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano, while Michigan State fired 34 shots on Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, who recorded his first shutout of the season and the second of his career.[14]

Scoring summary

Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MIC Jon Merrill (4) (PP) Chad Langlais, Ben Winnett 12:04 1–0 MIC
MIC Jon Merrill (5) Matt Rust, Carl Hagelin 14:54 2–0 MIC
2nd MIC Carl Hagelin (8) (PP) Matt Rust, Brandon Burlon 12:12 3–0 MIC
3rd MIC Carl Hagelin (9) (PP) Matt Rust, Chad Langlais 8:57 4–0 MIC
MIC David Wohlberg (8) Brandon Burlon 10:45 5–0 MIC

Penalty summary

Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MIC Kevin Lynch Charging 2:20 2:00
MSU Dustin Gazley Interference 11:48 2:00
2nd MSU Zach Josepher Hitting After the Whistle 2:24 2:00
MIC Chris Brown Hitting After the Whistle 2:24 2:00
MIC Brandon Burlon High-sticking 3:33 2:00
MSU BENCH (served by Dean Chelios) Too Many Men 5:53 2:00
MIC Matt Rust Holding the Stick 7:48 2:00
MSU Tim Buttery Interference 10:30 2:00
3rd MSU Jake Chelios Roughing 7:48 2:00
MSU Matt Crandell Roughing 12:23 2:00
MIC Luke Glendening (served by Chris Brown) Grasping the Facemask 12:23 2:00
MIC Luke Glendening Roughing 12:23 2:00
MIC Carl Hagelin Slashing 19:16 2:00

Three star selections

  • 1st: Jon Merrill
  • 2nd: Carl Hagelin
  • 3rd: Matt Rust

Team rosters

Michigan State Spartans Michigan Wolverines
# Player[15] Position # Player[15] Position
4 United States Trevor Nil RW 3 United States Scooter Vaughn LW
5 United States Brock Shelgren D 6 Canada Brandon Burlon D
7 United States Tim Buttery D 7 United States Chad Langlais D
8 United States Chris Forfar C 8 United States Jacob Fallon C
9 Canada Daultan Leveille C 9 United States Luke Moffat RW
10 United States Dustin Gazely RW 10 United States Chris Brown RW
11 Canada Brett Perlini RW 11 United States Kevin Lynch LW
13 United States Mike Merrifield LW 12 Sweden Carl Hagelin LW
14 United States Zach Josepher D 13 United States Lee Moffie D
16 United States Dean Chelios LW 16 Canada Ben Winnett RW
17 United States Matt Crandell D 19 United States Matt Rust C
21 United States Anthony Hayes C 21 United States A.J. Treais C
22 Canada Lee Reimer LW 23 United States Luke Glendening RW
23 Canada Matt Grassi D 24 United States Jon Merrill D
27 Canada Derek Grant C 25 United States David Wohlberg LW
29 Canada Drew Palmisano G 29 Canada Louie Caporusso C
37 United States Will Yanakeff1 G 30 United States Adam Janecyk1 G
42 United States Jake Chelios LW 31 United States Shawn Hunwick G
44 United States Torey Krug D 34 United States Tristan Llewellyn D
91 Canada Zach Golembiewski C 35 United States Bryan Hogan2 G
- - - - 37 United States Mac Bennett D
United States Head Coach: Rick Comley Canada Head Coach: Red Berenson
1 Yanakeff and Janecyk served as reserve goaltenders and did not see playing time.
2 Hogan was originally the starter for Michigan, but suffered a groin injury that held him out of the game.[16]
Michigan vs Michigan State playing at Michigan Stadium


See also

  • List of outdoor ice hockey games
  • List of ice hockey games with highest attendance

External links

Media related to The Big Chill at the Big House at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ Jeff Arnold (2011-01-08). "Guinness Book of Records puts official Big Chill at The Big House attendance at 104,173". Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Historic win for Germany". International Ice Hockey Federation. May 5, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Reid, Andy (March 4, 2009). "The Cold War II?". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  6. ^ a b "Wolverines Will Host Spartans in Big Chill at the Big House on Dec. 11" (Press release). University of Michigan Athletic Department. January 28, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ Latham, Krista. "Game shatters records, players’ expectations". The State News. October 8, 2001.
  8. ^ University of Michigan. 2009-2010 Hockey Schedule.
  9. ^, Feb. 6, 2010
  10. ^ a b "Special Events Schedule Announced for the Big Chill at the Big House". CBS Interactive. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  11. ^ "Permanent Lights to be Installed at Michigan Stadium". CBS Interactive. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  12. ^ Stephen J. Nesbitt (2010-12-08). "Fireworks and flashy celebrations expected at the Big Chill". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  13. ^ Jeff Arnold (2010-11-12). "Excitement builds for Big Chill at the Big House with merchandise sales and as schedule is announced". Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  14. ^ "Postgame Notes: #12 Michigan 5, Michigan State 0". CBS Interactive. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  15. ^ a b "Stats". CCHA. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  16. ^ Stephen J. Nesbitt (2010-12-14). "Hogan expected to miss 6-8 weeks with groin pull". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 

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