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If you’re headed to the Frozen Four a day early and want to check out the Verizon Center and the four competing teams, check out the free practice sessions.

Not only do you get the chance to see how the hockey-covering media lives (note the tongue planted firmly in cheek there), but teams usually make things a little light on the day before a game, so there’s a chance you’ll see a shootout or the like. It’s not quite a dunk contest like many basketball teams do in their open practice sessions, but there’s some entertainment to be had nonetheless.  And maybe someday we’ll get teams to add a little more sizzle by letting fans vote on who has the most creative shootout move.

Here’s the schedule for Wednesday’s practices (times Eastern):

11 a.m.-noon — Bemidji State

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. — Miami

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Vermont

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Boston University

On a related note, I’ll be posting updates from the Frozen Four on our new Twitter feed, @USCHO (or www.twitter.com/USCHO). Those reports will start Wednesday.