Hockey East Announces Four Frozen Fenway Games
Notre Dame, Boston College Headline Two-Week Event
CHN Staff Report
Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna announced two doubleheaders to take place at Fenway Park for Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 of next season.
Merrimack and Providence will play the early game on Saturday Jan. 4. Boston College and Hockey East newcomer Notre Dame play in the nightcap. On Jan. 11, Northeastern and Massachusetts-Lowell play the front end before Boston University and Maine square off in the second game.
The Merrimack-Providence game is expected to be a non-conference game, according to CHN's Mike McMahon.
Bertagna said after the event in 2012 that as long as fans and teams showed interest in the event, Hockey East would continue to pursue the games in conjunction with Fenway Sports Management, the Boston Red Sox and the city of Boston.
"We are excited about the return of hockey to Fenway Park," Bertagna said in a release. "We are particularly pleased that, with these two doubleheaders, all of our men's programs will have had the opportunity to experience Fenway Park, including the University of Notre Dame, our newest member."
Sam Kennedy, Fenway Sports Management president and Boston Red Sox executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the success of the outdoor games in 2010 and 2012 have made the event a tradition in the city that all parties plan to continue. The event will also include high school games involving local teams as well as public skating events.
Boston mayor Tom Menino added, "(In 2012), more than 90,000 people came to Fenway Park to watch college or high school hockey or to enjoy free public skating. This generated tens of millions of dollars for local businesses. I'm confident that top-notch outdoor colege hockey will make for another unforgettable experience."
Hockey East first played at Fenway Park in 2010, with BU defeating BC, 3-2. A women's game between New Hampshire and Northeastern was also part of the event in 2010.
Three more Hockey East games took place in 2012, as well as a meeting between ECAC teams Harvard and Union.
The times of the games and ticket information have not been finalized at this point.