UND hockey fans prepare for the first full season without the former Sioux nicknameGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's officially hockey season, but this year, UND fans say it feels different. This is the first full season that the former Sioux nickname can not be used.
By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's officially hockey season, but this year, UND fans say it feels different. This is the first full season that the former Sioux nickname can not be used.
The controversy over the nickname has been going on for years but this is the first full hockey season where UND will only be referred to as the Green and White instead of the Fighting Sioux.
Kristina LeMire/UND student: "I think it's kind of a bummer like it was such a strong tradition and everybody really embraced it."
And she's not the only one that feels this way. Many fans claim that regardless of the official change, they won't be changing a thing.
Patrick Reiner/supports UND: "I still call us the Sioux, I will always call us the Sioux, no matter if we have to lose our name, I'm still calling us the Sioux."
Amanda Johnson/supports UND: "Nope, I'll always be a fighting Sioux."
Last month the NCAA backed off its demand requiring the nickname and all Sioux logos be removed from the Ralph so many things will remain as is until they wear out which fans think is a good idea.
Kristina Lemire/UND student: "I love it, I mean it's part of the great things about coming to Ralph is seeing all the work and everything they've put into it."
Although fans still get to see the logos everywhere hearing the announcer not use the Sioux nickname is something that will take some getting used to.
Kristina Lemire/UND student: "I don't think I'll ever get used to the announcer not yelling fighting Sioux but I think the fans will keep doing it forever."
One of the main changes that will be made here is this sign behind me…once it's removed, the Ralph will be an acceptable host site for NCAA championship events.
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