The Big Chill at the Big House

The Big Chill at the Big House (a.k.a. Cold War II) was an outdoor college ice hockey game played on December 11, 2010, at Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Michigan Wolverines men's team defeated its rival, the Michigan State Spartans, 5–0. In a rematch of the Cold War outdoor game between the teams in 2001, the "Big Chill" set a record for hockey attendance with an official attendance of 104,173.

The Big Chill at the Big House

Michigan vs Michigan State
123 Total
Michigan State 000 0
Michigan 212 5
DateDecember 11, 2010
ArenaMichigan Stadium
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Attendance104,173 (certified), 113,411 (announced)[1][2]

Previous Michigan outdoor gamesEdit

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

Cold WarEdit

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.[3]

Culver's Camp Randall Hockey ClassicEdit

On February 6, 2010, Michigan played another hockey rival, the University of Wisconsin, at the Badgers' football home of Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6]


The University of Michigan added permanent lighting to Michigan Stadium in time for the event.[7] The University later announced that fireworks would be used when Michigan entered the ice during the game, as well as after every goal.[8] Following the national anthem, a flyover was conducted by a B-2 Stealth Bomber.[6]

The fireworks extravaganza following The Big Chill at The Big House

A seven-minute fireworks show followed the game, conducted in unison with various songs from the soundtrack for the movie The Big Chill.

Game summaryEdit

Michigan wore a vintage jersey for the event, which was worn from 1945 to 1948.[9]

Michigan fired 29 shots on 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.[10]

Scoring summaryEdit

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

Penalty summaryEdit

Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MICH 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
MICH Chris Brown Hitting After the Whistle 2:24 2:00
MICH Brandon Burlon High-sticking 3:33 2:00
MSU BENCH (served by Dean Chelios) Too Many Men 5:53 2:00
MICH 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
MICH Luke Glendening (served by Chris Brown) Grasping the Facemask 12:23 2:00
MICH Luke Glendening Roughing 12:23 2:00
MICH Carl Hagelin Slashing 19:16 2:00

Three star selectionsEdit

  • 1st: Jon Merrill
  • 2nd: Carl Hagelin
  • 3rd: Matt Rust
  • 4th: Shawn Hunwick*
  • At the end of the game, Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick was named honorary 4th star of the Big Chill at the Big House to please the Michigan fans in attendance who were chanting his name.

Team rostersEdit

Michigan State Spartans Michigan Wolverines
# Player[11] Position # Player[11] Position
4   Trevor Nil RW 3   Scooter Vaughn LW
5   Brock Shelgren D 6   Brandon Burlon D
7   Tim Buttery D 7   Chad Langlais D
8   Chris Forfar C 8   Jacob Fallon C
9   Daultan Leveille C 9   Luke Moffat RW
10   Dustin Gazely RW 10   Chris Brown RW
11   Brett Perlini RW 11   Kevin Lynch LW
13   Mike Merrifield LW 12   Carl Hagelin LW
14   Zach Josepher D 13   Lee Moffie D
16   Dean Chelios LW 16   Ben Winnett RW
17   Matt Crandell D 19   Matt Rust C
21   Anthony Hayes C 21   A.J. Treais C
22   Lee Reimer LW 23   Luke Glendening RW
23   Matt Grassi D 24   Jon Merrill D
27   Derek Grant C 25   David Wohlberg LW
29   Drew Palmisano G 29   Louie Caporusso C
37   Will Yanakeff1 G 30   Adam Janecyk1 G
42   Jake Chelios LW 31   Shawn Hunwick G
44   Torey Krug D 34   Tristan Llewellyn D
91   Zach Golembiewski C 35   Bryan Hogan2 G
- - - - 37   Mac Bennett D
  Head Coach: Rick Comley   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.[12]


See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "Guinness World Records". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ Latham, Krista. "Game shatters records, players’ expectations Archived 2006-11-11 at the Wayback Machine". The State News. October 8, 2001.
  4. ^ "2018-19 Ice Hockey Schedule - University of Michigan". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Wisconsin holds off Michigan in outdoor hockey game". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Special Events Schedule Announced for the Big Chill at the Big House". CBS Interactive. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  7. ^ "Permanent Lights to be Installed at Michigan Stadium". CBS Interactive. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  8. ^ Stephen J. Nesbitt (2010-12-08). "Fireworks and flashy celebrations expected at the Big Chill". Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Postgame Notes: #12 Michigan 5, Michigan State 0". CBS Interactive. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  11. ^ a b "Stats". CCHA. 2010-12-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  12. ^ Stephen J. Nesbitt (2010-12-14). "Hogan expected to miss 6-8 weeks with groin pull". Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2010-12-16.

External linksEdit

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