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The best photos from Michigan’s outdoor hockey games

Michigan will take the ice at Notre Dame on Saturday, but the game against the Irish is more than just 60 minutes of hockey. 

Like all outdoor hockey games, it is a spectacle for the fans and likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the players. 

Since the “Cold War” between Michigan and Michigan State in 2001 at Spartan Stadium that set a world record at the time for the largest hockey crowd with 74,544, there have been more than 100 games played outdoors at the professional, college and junior hockey levels. 

That game launched a growing trend for outdoor games at large venues, such as Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Michigan Stadium and Gillette Stadium.

Saturday’s outdoor game will be the eighth for the Wolverines in the modern era and the fourth outside of Michigan. The team holds a 3-3-1 record in outdoor games, but the final score isn’t always the most memorable aspect of the event. 

We went back and selected some of the best photos from Michigan’s previous outdoor games that help capture what makes playing in the natural elements in front of thousands of fans so special. 

Enjoy. 

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