It’s a matter of simple math. There are only 60 Division I teams in collegiate hockey. There is no Division II. Yet Minnesota produces an abundance of superior players too good to call it quits when their high school or junior league careers end. Enter the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which includes the bulk of the state’s larger private schools. Division III offers no scholarships. That means on any weekend night at Hamline, Augsburg, or St. Thomas, you can find excellent hockey played the old-fashioned way: fast, hard-hitting, and performed solely for the love the game. The best seat in the house usually runs under $10. The kids can roam free, and concession prices respect a working family’s treasury. Best of all, you’ll be treated to a caliber of play only slightly reduced from what you’d find at Mariucci, though with arguably far more passion.