The Colorado College and Air Force men's hockey programs return to the ice this weekend.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 2019 Hockey Face-Off Luncheon at the Colorado Springs Marriott allowed both programs to unofficially kick off the 2019-20 season.
Falcons coach Frank Serratore (22nd season) and Tigers coach Mike Haviland (6th season) met with local supporters to discuss the team's outlook and overall excitement heading into a new campaign.
Both squads are relatively young but full of talent and they'll be on display this weekend as each will host Trinity Western (British Columbia) in exhibition contests.
"Our group this year, more questions than answers," Serratore said. "We had a group that wrote a great chapter in our history for the most part, those kids have graduated and we've got a new group. They're excited to have the keys to the car and get started."
"Anytime you start the year it's exciting and everyone starts with an undefeated record," Haviland said. "You're optimistic about your team and it's hockey season again. Super excited here, the guys have been going against each other for over a month and I'm sure they're pretty excited to play someone else."
The Tigers battle the Spartans Saturday night at the Broadmoor World Arena at 6:07 p.m. Meanwhile, the Falcons will meet the same team at the USAFA Cadet Ice Arena on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.