The university community is gearing up for the men's ice hockey team's return to Durham, and a welcome home celebration is being planned for Monday by the Office of Public Programs and Events, in cooperation with UNH Athletics.

Doors open at the Whittemore Center at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, and hockey fans from around the state are invited to attend. Concession stands will be open.

"This is an opportunity for all hockey fans -- big and small, from all over the state -- to welcome back our student athletes and celebrate their incredible season," explains Susan Entz, director of public programs and events.

The Hockey East champions want a chance to thank their loyal fans for a season of outstanding support, says Marty Scarano, athletics director.

At 7 p.m., the program begins, which includes the UNH Marching Band playing the fight song and athletes will enter the Towse Rink under a gigantic arch of blue and white balloons. There will be remarks from UNH President Joan Leitzel; Scarano; Coach Dick Umile; and Ken Kruger, student president.

Hockey players Darren Haydar, Patrick Foley and Garret Stafford also are expected to say a few words.

The event will end with video highlights of the Wildcats' awesome season.

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