We haven't seen the last of University of Denver seniors Peter Mannino and Andrew Thomas.
Mannino, who completed his magnificent career March 28 when the Pioneers lost a first-round NCAA Tournament game to Wisconsin, will put on his pads one more time as a collegian Friday night. DU captain Thomas will join him one last time.
The 2005 Frozen Four MVP and DU's all-time leader in shutouts (15) is scheduled to participate in the Frozen Four Skills Challenge at The Can.
Colorado College senior wing Jimmy Kilpatrick and Air Force senior center Eric Ehn also were selected to participate in the event that will cap a busy Frozen Four "off" day.
Team practices will be open to the public beginning at 11:15 a.m., and after the "College Hockey Celebration" at nearby Skyline Park, "Friday Night at the Frozen Four" goes from 4:30 to 9 p.m. inside the Pepsi Center.
There will be a player autograph session, followed by the Hobey Baker Award and Hockey Humanitarian Award presentations, and then the Skills Challenge.
Tickets for the event are $10 and available at the Pepsi Center box office or Ticketmaster outlets. The Hobey Baker and Skills Challenge segments will be televised live by ESPNU.
The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by the presentations of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 5:30 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:05 p.m. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge and the Hobey Baker Award will both be televised live on ESPNU.
Team practices (open to the public)
11:15 a.m.: Boston College
12:30 p.m.: Notre Dame
1:30 - 4 p.m.: College hockey celebration at Skyline Park featuring Opie Gone Bad
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Hobey Hat Trick autograph signing
4:30 - 9 p.m.: Friday Night at the Frozen Four
• Championship teams autograph signing
• Hobey Baker Memorial Award presentation
• Hockey Humanitarian Award presentation
• Skills Challenge (ESPNU)
• Autograph session featuring Skills Challenge participants