Fighting Hawks fans begin annual trek to Denver

Photo: Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Cherry Creek

North Dakota fans are sure to enjoy their stay in the Mile High City – just like last season. North Dakota fans will be making their annual pilgrimage to Denver next weekend to watch the North Dakota – Denver hockey series.  And, as usual, we are following their stories closely.

Troy Ziengler from Tioga, North Dakota is working frantically to make ‘old blue’ road-worthy. “Since our honeymoon to Minneapolis three years ago it has been sitting in our driveway. My firewood business paid for that trip – and the ring, too!”

Ziengler plans on bartering firewood for two seats to the games. He will be parked on Buchtel Blvd, north of Magness Arena Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Hal Swenson from Horace, North Dakota is looking forward to a romantic weekend – and his two favorite things.

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“It’s a twofer weekend for Sabrina and me. It’s our first anniversary – and hockey too!”

Brycen and Colleen Echolls from Bucyrus have purchased seats for Friday and Saturday night. “We are making it a family trip and bringing Travis”, says Coleen.

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“It’s been five years since our last family portrait so we will be making a stop at Sears – if they are still open!”

Now that the Little Missouri River is frozen solid, Herbert Root from Ox Bow can’t fish from his bedroom window. “I broke five bobbers on the ice last week!”

“What better time to go to Denver and watch the Hawks.” said Root.

It’s already been a long, cold winter in Antler, North Dakota. Dale Sneller is taking his long-wooled ram, Ed, to Denver.

“I get super stiff in cold weather – but Ed will keep me warm,” said an excited Sneller.

7 thoughts on “Fighting Hawks fans begin annual trek to Denver”

  1. I’m friends with Hal Swenson and he says he only bought 1 seat ticket and 1 standing room ticket. His 2 favorite things can sit on Puck Swami’s lap.

  2. Temps range from -5 to -19 in scenic Grand Forks. Wind 15 to 35 mph.Wind chill too cold to contemplate.Denver temp Friday and Saturday in low 50’s
    The Fightin’ fans will call it Global Warming. Just Hope the green horde doesn’t break out their bikinis and speedos

  3. This is always a weekend to circle on the calendar. UND week. Always a raucous and energized crowd and the games are always intense and hard-fought.

    I’ve interacted with quite a few Sioux fans over the years at Magness and they are a good group, at least from my experience. Not only are they very passionate, they are also very knowledgeable.

    Obviously this a very important series for both teams. Can’t wait.

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