Bulldogs Arrive in Steel Town
Everything On Time with Yale Trip
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Yale hockey team's first trip to Pittsburgh since 1925 went smoothly on a hot Tuesday afternoon following its final skate of the season at Ingalls Rink.
The last Bulldog squad to reach the national semifinals was invited to the 1952 NCAA Championships at Colorado Springs, Colo. That Yale team flew out of Hartford on a charter and picked up the other Eastern team, St. Lawrence, in Syracuse before grabbing Michigan in Detroit. Those three headed West on a Wednesday to join Colorado College for the weekend tournament.
The current Bulldogs, who hope to continue the momentum they started at the West Regional in Grand Rapids, flew out of New York and landed in Pittsburgh by 8:30 p.m. The Elis were greeted by a local band wearing Frozen Four shirts, playing college fight songs and chanting "let's go Bulldogs" in the baggage claim area, which was decorated with Frozen Four signs.
The Blue, which takes on UMass Lowell on Thursday at 4:30 EDT, took a 20-minute bus ride from the airport to the Consol Energy Center to unload its equipment and check out the venue before heading to the hotel.
Wednesday is a busy day for the Bulldogs with media obligations before and after practice followed by a tournament reception at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The last time the Elis skated in this town, a two-game series with Queens College, pro football was only five-years old and the Steelers would not be formed for another eight years.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
image of Yale team on the bench at the Consol Energy Center
Yale Hockey Greeting at Pittsburgh Airport: