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The Atmosphere At Yost Arena

01/24/2023 at 3:25pm EST

from Caitlan Foley of BlueJackets.com,

Yost Arena is one of the most historic arenas in college hockey.

Recently, former Wolverines Nick Blankenburg and Kent Johnson had the opportunity to go back to the University of Michigan's 100-year-old venue to receive their Frozen Four and Big Ten championship rings and also watch their former teammates take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Being an Ohio State student-athlete, I was curious to see how Yost Arena differed from your normal college rink. I had heard about how the University of Michigan had a different atmosphere when it came to college hockey but wanted to see it for myself.

Before going up to Ann Arbor for the Jan. 13 game, I had the chance to talk to both Blankenberg and Johnson to get their perspectives on what sets Yost apart from everywhere else.

"It's hard to explain, but once you step into the building and see the atmosphere and the student section … you will see the energy," Blankenberg said. "It will be pretty cool on Friday night, especially against Ohio State."

Being the Buckeye I am, I was a little hesitant to fully believe that Yost could be so much different than the other rinks I had been to. But after attending the game (and watching the Buckeyes win 7-2) I have to agree with Blankenberg. Yost was unlike any hockey rink I had ever been in before.



Agreed, but I will say the big screen added is a touch much. 

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