University Features Judd Poster
Feb. 22, 1999
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Ashley Judd is heating things up for the University of Kentucky ice hockey team.
A free team poster, featuring the actress clad in only a Kentucky hockey jersey, helped double attendance to Cool Cats games this season. Hockey coach Ian Wood described the reaction as ``absolutely unbelievable.''
``I could not even begin to think it would be as big a success as it was,'' Wood told Sunday's edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Judd's allegiance to Kentucky's men's basketball team is well documented with her frequent appearances at games. But she decided to help out the hockey team at the request of a cousin, who roomed with some of the players. In all, 5,000 posters were given away _ and not just to hockey fans.
``I didn't know we had so many deans of so many departments,'' Wood said.
The team gets minimal funding from the university and relies on dues and gate concessions. This season, Wood said, the team will have a surplus for the first time.