World Arena has been a distinct college hockey venue.
While some hockey rinks are called "ponds," this one has often been called an "ocean."
It is Olympic-sized -- 100 feet wide instead of the traditional and more common 85-foot wide NHL sheet -- and for some reason, this one feels even larger than that.
In the best of times, Colorado College has sent its dynamic forwards like Peter Sejna, Brett Sterling and Marty Sertich roaming the ocean and racking up major points. Sejna and Sertich won Hobey Baker Awards with the point totals they accumulated.
In the worst of times, rebuilding Tigers teams were exposed on the home sheet. In 2016-17, Colorado College won one of 16 home games.
It opened in 1998, instantly becoming a difficult place to win. UND went 10-12 in World Arena during the WCHA days.
The tide since the National Collegiate Hockey Conference started in 2013-14. UND is 7-3 in the Colorado Springs-based venue.
UND last swept in World Arena in 2015-16. That season ended with the Fighting Hawks winning an NCAA national championship.
This weekend, UND will make one final trip to World Arena for a two-game series against Colorado College scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Sunday's game will be televised on Midco Sports Network. Both will be on NCHC.tv.
Colorado College is expected to open Robson Arena next season. Robson is located on Colorado College's campus.
Robson Arena will seat 3,407, a significantly smaller number than World Arena's 7,750.
There will be no more "ocean," either. Unlike World Arena, Robson will be an NHL-sized sheet, leaving just one Olympic-sized ice sheet in the NCHC -- St. Cloud State's Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
Other Olympic-sized sheets in college hockey include Northern Michigan's Berry Events Center, New Hampshire's Whittemore Center, Alaska Fairbanks' Carlson Center and Minnesota's Mariucci Arena, which the school will soon renovate into a smaller size.
Sanderson, Kleven cleared
Jake Sanderson and Tyler Kleven have returned to Grand Forks after winning gold at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton.
They have passed through COVID-19 protocol upon returning and are expected to make the trip to Colorado Springs for the series.
Sanderson and Kleven played in three games before leaving for the World Juniors. UND won all three games, beating Miami, Denver and Western Michigan. Sanderson had a goal and two assists in the three games, while Kleven had a goal.
The rookie defenders missed the last seven games at he NCHC Pod.