Colorado College hockey player ready to hit the ice at Coors Field

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It’s being called one of the greatest rivalries in college hockey, and now the CC Tigers are getting ready to take on the DU Pioneers again this season.

One Colorado College player who has strong roots in the state can’t wait to take this big matchup outside.

From an early age, Christian Heil was always drawn to the ice.

“Started skating when I was 3 and I started getting into competitive hockey when I was 4,” Heil said.

Growing up in Westminster, Heil had season tickets for the University of Denver games, but he didn’t always cheer for the home team.

“I was always cheering for the rivals, whether it was the Red Wings when they came to play the Avs, or CC when they came to play Denver. It was kind of my goal to come play here so when that opportunity came around I committed right on the spot,” Heil said.

The moment he starts to talk about his love for the sport, Heil’s face just lights up.

“You know the cold air in your face and just skating around, moving the puck and being with your teammates, every aspect of the sport is awesome and I wouldn’t change anything about it,” he said.

Heil and the Tigers are preparing to take on the Pioneers. It’s a rivalry that dates back to 1950.

“For whatever reason there is just that hatred between the two schools that’s so much fun to be a part of,” he said.

With the opportunity to take this huge competition outdoors on Saturday, it makes it that much sweeter for the Tiger wearing number 11 out on the ice.

“You grow up going to Rockies games and sitting at Coors Field in the summer and it’s hot out. Never in a million years I would have a thought I would be playing a hockey game out there growing up, but you know, it’s pretty surreal,” Heil said.

Heil would like to play in the pros one day, and he said he would be happy playing for any team.

But in the meantime, he is ready to add a few more wins to CC’s season against DU.

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