The cowbell section at Concordia University Wisconsin hockey games is growing significantly since its start during the spring 2018 season with plans to gain even more members during the 2018-2019 season.
Though not an official CUW club, the cowbell section has gained more students with each game the past spring and current fall season. The cowbell section was started by sophomore Andy Kline, who wanted to see an increase in attendance and crowd participation at Concordia hockey games.
“We started last year with only a few people, but we now have as many as thirty people at each game,” Kline said.
The students of the cowbell section attend each hockey game – ACHA, men’s, and women’s – sitting together in the bleachers. The group, led by Kline, performs various cheers and chants during the game in support of the CUW hockey teams.
“We have a cheer for when the other team goes offsides, for when an opponent slips on the ice, and many others. We even have a song that we sing after our team scores a goal,” Kline said.
According to Kline, the group has gained the attention – and the approval – of many fans and even the players.
“We’ve gotten compliments from some of the parents and fans saying that our cheers made watching the game even better than before,” Kline said.
Sophomore forward Andrew Gordon, a member of the ACHA men’s hockey team, appreciates the addition of the cowbell section to the team’s games.
“The cowbell section energizes all of us when we are playing, and we love having all of the support when we are on the ice,” Gordon said.
According to Kline, anyone can join the cowbell section by simply showing up to a CUW hockey game at the Ozaukee Ice Center and finding the mass of people with cowbells.
“I plan to be at just about every hockey game this season and I plan to bring a lot of people and plenty of cowbells with me,” Kline said.
The CUW ACHA season is currently underway with the men’s and women’s seasons set to start on October 26. Team schedules can be found on the CUW Falcons’ website.
Written by Grant Thiel.