As the clock wound toward midnight, Cestone was on hand for a celebration and the opening of the new home for Penn State men’s and women’s ice hockey. The men’s team held a midnight practice Saturday — the first day the team can hold official practice, according to NCAA rules.
With only the 1,000-seat student section open, and about two-thirds of the seats filled along with some members of the Blue Band, the Nittany Lions were introduced one-by-one just after the clock struck midnight as loud music reverberated through the arena.
The practice session began with the team skating through passing and shooting drills, and Gadowsky, wearing a wireless microphone while skating, described the drills the teams ran. The coach even took a few questions sent via Twitter from fans during the session, which was to end with a public skating session with the team.