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Laker hockey's annual Blue-White is Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.

Senior Kyle Anderson

Sept. 22, 2003

SAULT STE. MARIE - The 2003-04 Lake Superior State hockey season will kick off with a variety of events in early October.

Fans can preview the team at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, during the annual Blue-White Game at Taffy Abel Arena. Students will be encouraged to join the "Be a Believer in Laker Hockey" campaign and will be admitted for free. The public is also invited to attend for a $2 admission.

LSSU students will be encouraged to sit in the new student cheering section, which is located in Sections "U" and "V" in Taffy Abel Arena. The student section was moved to south end of the arena, near the zamboni entrance, in order to be more visible to the players on the bench.

The "Be a Believer" campaign is part of a season-ticket promotion and sponsored in part by Student Life. Students who buy a $50 season ticket will receive a "Be a Believer" t-shirt, and anyone wearing the t-shirts to games will receive a free Coke. T-shirts can also be purchased for $15 (public) or $10 (students).

The first Laker Hockey Show of the season will be broadcast live from Moloney's Alley at 6:05 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, and the "Meet the Lakers" gathering will be Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 5-6 p.m. at the Cisler Center. For the second year, game-worn jerseys will be available for purchase during "Meet the Lakers" and the Blue-White Game.

The Lakers open the season with an exhibition game against the University of Windsor at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Taffy Abel Arena.

LSSU hopes to rebound from last year's 6-28-4 season and is looking forward to having more depth, more scoring ability and more experience in 2003-04. Nineteen letterwinners return from last year's team.

"We have tripled our senior class from last year," Anzalone told reporters during CCHA Media Day held Sept. 16 at Joe Louis Arena. "None of the seniors are game-breakers, but they are all good people and believe in the direction we are going."

Thirteen sophomores from Anzalone's first recruiting class have also returned.

The Lakers must deal with a variety of rules changes for 2003-04. The most noticeable change is that home teams will wear dark jerseys during CCHA games only. The 15-second face-off rule that was implemented last year shorted games from an average of 2:22 to 2:07. This season, the face-off rule has been extended to 18 seconds in order to give the home team eight seconds for a final line change.

NCAA officials will more stringently enforce the chin-strap rule and check goalies and skaters prior to every period. A new "contact to the head" penalty has been implemented due to the increased number of concussions in college hockey.

Finally, the RPI ranking system has been adjusted so that teams cannot be penalized for beating a lower-seeded team, but they will be rewarded for beating a higher-seeded team.

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