Colborne: NHL atmospheres can’t compare to college

Former Denver Pioneer and current Toronto Maple Leaf Joe Colborne did an interview with a Canadian site Hockey Now and raved about the time he spent playing in the WCHA.

In the interview, he specifically mentioned the atmospheres at both Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Kohl Center, and says they can’t be replicated.

“I’m telling you, I’ve had the opportunity to play a Game 7 of the NHL Playoffs in an Original Six battle, and the feeling in both Toronto and Boston was unbelievable, but I don’t even know if you can compare it to the atmospheres that I felt in North Dakota and in Wisconsin,” said Colborne, with a fondness coming through in his tone of voice. “The fans love to get on you, they have chants that everyone in the entire stands knows, Wisconsin has little dances that they do—it’s an atmosphere you’ll never be able to replicate anywhere else but in college hockey.”

Read the full article here.

Colborne played two years for Denver. He played for the Leafs last season. The Game 7 he is referencing is the Toronto-Boston series this year, where Boston rallied for a 4-1 deficit in the third period to win 5-4 in overtime.

6 thoughts on “Colborne: NHL atmospheres can’t compare to college

  1. Props to the fans at the Ralph and the Kohl. However, when he says “The fans love to get on you, they have chants that everyone in the entire stands knows…” sounds like the MTS to me. Maybe Mr. Colborne hasn’t had the opportunity to play there yet. We are lucky to have such fabulous hockey environments only 150 miles apart.

  2. I think it is very telling that the ex DU player Colborne didn’t mention Magness Arena. I guess it gets loud in there when it is half full of UND fans! Great article though.

  3. NHL is better than College Hockey. Outside of 10 good college hockey programs, the atmosphere is pretty boring. Saying Duluth has a better atmosphere than the Minnesota Wild is laughable.

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