MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The countdown is over, the puck has dropped and Tuesday night, Marquette showed why they were named Kraft Hockeyville USA.
The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Buffalo Sabres at Marquette's Lakeview Arena at 7 p.m.
The NHL teams played for a packed house, as thousands filled the arena to watch the game.
One of those people was Marquette resident Brad Donohue, who grew up in Buffalo. Almost two decades of living in the U.P. hasn't changed his allegiance to the Sabres.
"I grew up a Sabres fan," Donohue said. "I don't remember going to any other hockey game ever other than the Sabres in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in the orange section, which is so steep, the [head of the person sitting in front of you] is by your feet."
For others in the crowd, Tuesday's game was their first National Hockey League game ever.
When 9-year-old Liam Nemetz was asked if he ever thought he'd go to an NHL game, this was his response: "I honestly thought I was going to be 10 or something before I did."
Liam chose to cheer for the Canes Tuesday night.
"Well they have a cool name and I don't really know anything else about the other team," Liam said.
Aside from the NHL players, a few big names from the NBC Sports Network broadcasting crew were in the building Tuesday. Pierre McGuire, Doc Emrick and Jeremy Roenick were keeping viewers at home up to date on the latest happenings of the game.
Ultimately the Sabres defeated the Canes 2-0.