OXFORD, Ohio – Fans of Miami Hockey will have a chance to meet the RedHawk players and coaching staff in person before the 2013-14 season starts, as Miami will be hosting a Fan Appreciation Pep Rally on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Goggin Ice Center. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

The Miami Hockey Fan Appreciation Pep Rally is free and open to the public, including students, season ticket holders and community members of all ages. Food will be available at the event, while several activities on and off the ice will also take place.

More information on the Miami Hockey Fan Appreciation Pep Rally will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Miami Hockey Fan Appreciation Pep Rally takes the place of the preseason Faceoff Event that has occurred the last few years.

Miami opens a new era of RedHawk Hockey in 2013-14, as the program begins its inaugural season in the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), of which Miami is a founding member. Miami opens the season with an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 5 against Windsor, before beginning the regular season with a home-and-home series against in-state rival Ohio State. The RedHawks play in Columbus Oct. 11, before welcoming the Buckeyes Oct. 12. Miami then kicks off its new conference with the first ever NCHC game on Friday, Oct. 18 against North Dakota at Steve Cady Arena.

The NCHC is an eight-team hockey-only league consisting of Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan, along with Miami. The conference boasts a combined 17 NCAA Championships, 50 Frozen Four berths, 12 Hobey Baker Award winners, including SCSU’s Drew LeBlanc this past year, and 266 All-Americans. The teams have also produced 295 players that went on to play in the NHL. The new league will reward fans every weekend with fast, exciting, action-packed hockey that pits several of the top teams in the country against each other. The NCHC also has agreed to a television deal with CBS Sports Network, assuring at least 18 league games will be broadcast to a national audience this coming season, including the NCHC opener between Miami and North Dakota.