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Report: ECAC tournament back to Lake Placid starting in 2014

While the ECAC sent out a press release Friday hyping “a major announcement” next Tuesday (Aug. 14), the Schenectady Daily Gazette reports that the league will announce its postseason tournament will be played again in Lake Placid, N.Y., starting in 2014.

A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Aug. 14 at Conference Center at Lake Placid Edelweiss Room to announce the details, which are reported to include a three-year deal.

Olympic Regional Development Authority communications director Jon Lundin was vague when commenting to the Gazette.

“We will have a press conference Tuesday at 11 o’clock,” Lundin said. “We’re going to be announcing a major sporting event coming our way. It involves a winter sport.”

Lake Placid hosted the ECAC tournament from 1993-2002 after a 30-year run in Boston. The event moved to Albany, N.Y., from 2003-10 and has been in Atlantic City, N.J., the past two years and in 2013.

According to the story, Lake Placid beat out Albany, Atlantic City and Providence to host the tournament.


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  • css228

    Interesting. Not sure its a great choice, but maybe it gives the ECAC an identity.

    • Joseph Crowley

      The ECAC needs an identity for its tournament and Atlantic City was a failure. Better a smaller venue close to some of its member schools than a location with no hockey history.

  • Joseph Crowley

    The decision not be share the Boston Garden as second fiddle to Hockey East hurt ECAC the most. The combined Hockey East/ECAC tournament was great. I guess ECAC would rather be a big frog in a small Lake (Placid) than in the northeast’s hockey hub.

    • http://www.facebook.com/colin.thompson.5439 Colin Thompson

      Joseph Crowley I agree with you 100 percent that it would be great to combine the ECAC Hockey Tournament/Hockey East Tournament at the TD Garden in Boston. At the same time I completely understand why ECAC Hockey wants to move there Tournament back to Lake Placid New York.

      • Joseph Crowley

        I was at joint HE/ECAC tournaments in the late 80s and it was awesome. It was there that I was introduced the great teams from the North Country.

    • bronxbomberz41

      It may have made sense in the 80′s shortly after Hockey East broke away from ECAC, but both leagues need their own identity. They should have the tourney at MSG, it’s pretty centrally located to all the ECAC schools which stretch from Providence and Boston, up to Dartmouth, a couple schools in CT, and a few upstate NY schools. Lake Placid works too though, they have facilities.

      • css228

        schools are too small and don’t generate enough interest for MSG. If Cornell doesn’t make the final it’d be a financial disaster to have it at MSG

        • bronxbomberz41

          Yeah that may be so. I figured with Yale usually near the top plus the smattering of Upstate NY schools they could maybe put a weekend together, but if you had like Brown, Dartmouth, Union and RIT i could see that having just a couple thousand folks show up. Even still, the HEA tourney never sells out at the TD Garden (i’ve been to a couple) even when you have the schools with bigger followings like BU, BC, Maine and UNH all in the final weekend. It still looks fairly empty.

          • Joseph Crowley

            Which is why a Thursday night ECAC bill of two semifinals, followed by Friday night HE semifinals and Saturday one price double-header would probably get a better gate than Lake Placid. It definitely would be a better gate than Atlantic City. It would also make for better TV, since the cameras are already in place. They might even get NBC Sports to cover it.

            TD Garden same distance from most ECAC schools and their graduates than Lake Placid, when looking at highway travel. Albany to Boston is 171 miles while Albany to Lake Placid is 138. Only Clarkson, St Lawrence and RIT have a much shorter drive, since everyone else will probably pass through Albany to get to Lake Placid. RIT might want to avoid going to Watertown and then driving Route 3 east for 100+ miles.

            Better to think bigger television and bigger exposure than to think small.

          • css228

            RIT is not an ECAC school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.forest.167 Richard Forest

    I think this is a great move. Lake Placid has history and will be fun for the kids. I knew AC was a brain damaged choice from the outset and have been proven right for the past two years. Looking forward to attending the tournament in 2014 (if Cornell makes it, that is)!