DENVER (CBS4) – With the NHL season in jeopardy due to the lockout, hockey fans in Denver looking to see some action on the ice might want to check out a Cutthroats game.
In case you missed the news, Denver has a hockey team in the CHL — the Central Hockey League — and the Denver Cutthroats are putting on a show for fans during their inaugural season.
The Avalanche-affiliated team plays at the Denver Coliseum, a venue where hockey hadn’t been played since 1989.
“We probably had nine months to put this team together, and you know, we just kind of pieced it together,” said defenseman Aaron Mackenzie, a former star at the University of Denver.
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“We just called our buddies, and some buddies kind of came in and helped us out. We tried to go with character. I think that’s what the Cutthroats is all about is good quality, character people,” said Coach Derek Armstrong.
During their home games fans have adopted the chant “Let’s Go Fish!”
“The fans have been awesome. They’re cheering. They are making a lot of noise, and it’s definitely fun to play in front of fans like that,” Mackenzie said.
Forward Brad Smyth said he’s proud that the team has already got some “true, loyal Cutthroat fans.”
There was a lot of excitement about the “fish” on Dec. 1 when a CBS4 crew was at the Coliseum. The game against the visiting Wichita Thunder included great passing, hard checking and at least one big fight that had to be broken up, and it culminated in a 2-0 win for the Cutthroats.
“We don’t make a lot of money, but guys are playing because the game and they are trying to get to the next level,” Mackenzie said.
The Cutthroats will be playing home games at the Coliseum on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday both this week and next week.