When Cari first posted today’s theme, I admit to a certain amount of grumbling. I had no idea WHAT I could photograph for celebration. Sure, it would be almost Easter, almost the Triduum, but since my family travels for holidays, there wouldn’t be much in terms of photographable preparation.
And then hockey happened, and all my troubles were lifted.
This is the final year of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s existence. Several of the conference’s teams will be joining the brand, spanking new Big Ten Hockey League next year. Some will be joining some other new league. My own Fighting Irish will be joining Hockey East, which makes no sense geographically, but is FANTASTIC in terms of actual hockey.
Knowing that it was at the end of its life, the CCHA decided to focus on the good times instead of the dark future. This last season was draped in the tagline “Celebrate the Legacy” and nowhere was this history more evident than at the last ever championship this weekend.
My dad & I went to see Notre Dame beat Ohio State in the semifinals at the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit on Saturday, and we went back on Sunday to see them beat the University of Michigan Wolverines. It was to that final championship final that I brought my camera.
You can see highlights from the game here, and the video of the celebration (in which you can clearly see my father & me in the stands) is here.
ceremonial puck drop with team captains, current & original commissioner
the crowd overwhelmingly favored the Wolverines and ERUPTED when UM scored first
the celebration after ND’s second goal
go Irish! LOVE the shiny gold helmets!
the final buzzer sounds, and with a final score of 3-1, the Irish win the last ever CCHA championship
the kind of celebratory action moms dread (but they cleaned up after themselves eventually)
the Mason Cup is Notre Dame’s forever… on to the NCAA tournament!
Thanks again for hosting, Cari!