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NCAA gives 2014 men’s regionals to Worcester, Bridgeport, St. Paul, Cincinnati

Worcester’s DCU Center will extend its record of NCAA men’s hockey tournament games hosted in 2014 when it holds one of four regionals.

The 2014 Northeast Regional will be in Worcester. The others announced by the NCAA on Thursday: Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. will host the East Regional; U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati gets the Midwest Regional; and Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., drew the West Regional.

DCU Center, formerly known as the Centrum Centre, has hosted 42 NCAA hockey games from 1993 through last season. The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., is second with 39 games played from 1948 to 1994.

The NCAA also announced sites for women’s tournaments. The 2014 women’s Frozen Four will be at Quinnipiac’s TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., and this season’s Division III women’s championship will be at Wessman Arena at Wisconsin-Superior.

This season’s men’s regionals are scheduled for Providence, R.I.; Manchester, N.H.; Toledo, Ohio; and Grand Rapids, Mich. [MORE: NCAA tournament page]

In 2014, the NCAA tournament will return to Cincinnati for the first time since the 1996 Frozen Four. U.S. Bank Arena, known in 1996 as Riverfront Coliseum, averaged 11,757 for the three games in the Frozen Four won by Michigan. That event is remembered widely for poor ice conditions that resulted from a leak in the cooling system.

The Xcel Energy Center has hosted regionals in 2010 and 2012. Webster Bank Arena will host for the fourth time; the others were 2009, 2011 and 2012.

The East and Midwest regionals will take place March 28-29, 2014, while the Northeast and West regionals are March 29-30.


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  • Fan Man

    Although I am all for having the Regional at the Xcel, I’m getting tired of the Gophers getting the home field advantage every other year! Why can they not let the “host” school be one of the other 5 in state schools? Is it because of the proximity or does the NCAA just like giving them the advantage all the time… 2015 regional at the Ralph please???? Wouldn’t it be nice for UND to sleep in their own beds for a regional again someday

    • Satriani92

      Last year UND fans were crowing about the fact the UND played so well at the X that they went so far as calling it home ice. Now you lose the regionals once and it is back to a Gopher home ice advantage. It would be nice if you guys would get your story straight.

      • Fan Man

        As far as home ice goes for UND at the X, I would go as far to say that it is true for the Final Five. With them winning it the last three years and all the appearances they make it is a very very easy tournament trip to make for the green and white fans! The regional not so much. I was there for the regional this year and it was absolutely packed with Gopher Fans (who wanted revenge). The Sioux were probably outnumbered 5 to 1 easily.. That said, maybe you can see that it may be difficult for UND fans to travel two weekends in a row and dish out another thousand dollars for a regional matchup that doesn’t hold the same (ticket) value as the Final Five. Thus, giving the Gophers thee home advantage.

        • Satriani92

          I understand your point as I was at the game myself and attend all the Final Fives and I agree that the regional games should rotate. When was the last time a regional game was in Grand Forks, 2006? To be honest, the I think that historically the X or its predecessor the Civic Center were the best viable options and that the Ralph and the X after that. I think that this will all change with the new NCHC and Big Ten alignment along with some new rinks such as the Amsoil arena in Duluth. I would think that the regionals will be more equitably spread around in the future.

          • http://www.facebook.com/apgillespie Aaron Paul Gillespie

            well UND couldn’t host because of sanctions, but that should be done now and I’m looking forward to another regional as the last one blew me away. I’ve never had that much fun at a hockey game.

          • sioux rule

            And the results of all 3 games made it even sweeter.

          • College Hockey Fan

            NCAA Regional games are hosted at Neutrual Sites… What is hard to understand about that?

          • sioux rule

            Yet it was held at the Ralph 6 years ago.

          • College Hockey Fan

            See Tyler’s statement below

    • Sueh8er

      The “sue” can not host a regional because of all the “sue” crap throughout the arena. If you want a regional, get rid of all the “sue” heads. Quit crying!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/apgillespie Aaron Paul Gillespie

        do you realize that when you say “sue” over and over, you are insulting an entire Native American nation? It’s basically racism. So try and grow up a little bit please. As a human being and not just a North Dakota fan, I take your poor judgement seriously.

        • Sueh8er

          Do you realize that I don’t care! Not in the least!

      • http://www.facebook.com/apgillespie Aaron Paul Gillespie

        And you are wrong, UND can now host tourneys….what a moron.

    • Matt Dresens

      The NCAA does not just “Choose” hosts. Schools put up money to host the damn thing. Thats why they can’t just “give” it to one of the other five state schools.

      • bronxbomberz41

        Thats why UNH hosts a regional in Manchester like every other year, because the school puts up the cash for it. Dartmouth could theoretically do it, or Maine could try for Portland, or you could have some of the MA schools put up the cash for Worcester, but not every school wants to do this.

      • http://twitter.com/buhockey13 buhockey13

        similar to the frozen four …. which is why you get schools from Alaska hosting tournaments held in Anaheim…

    • http://twitter.com/TylerBuckentine Tyler Buckentine

      The NCAA moved tournament games to neutral sites a few years ago which rules out the Ralph, but I agree that regional games on campus would help the attendance disaster, even if it does give a particular team home-ice advantage.

      • DG

        The Ralph is not on UND campus

      • Just the Facts

        The Ralph is right across the street from campus. It’s not our fault that it is the closest in proximity to us…

        • I BLeed Maroon And Gold

          It may not be on campus, but UND plays their home games there. Therefore, it is your home arena and can’t host postseason games. Plain and simple. Given the poor attendance at regionals these days, the NCAA might wanna consider allowing on campus regionals again, but at this point it is what it is…

    • Rtn2GoldCountry

      If UMD, St. Cloud St., Mankato, or Bemidji wanted to host the regional they could. Those schools would be the ones at risk though if the regional lost money. So when ever they want to step up to the plate they can put in a bid … what’s that? chirp-chirp, I can hear the crickets now as none of the other 4 Minnesota schools have even put in a bid to my knowledge. The Gophers are responsible for promoting the event and they have done a good job as hosts so they get chosen often. There doesn’t seem to be too many schools banging down the doors to host these regionals , and even the frozen four. Some times they have co-hosts because teams wont host by themselves.

    • College Hockey Fan

      So every other year? It’s 2012 now, and then next regional is not untill 2014 at the Xcel…
      I believe your math is incorrect Sir.

      • Just the Facts

        Well actually when they say 2014, they mean just that, the tournament is in 2014. The tournament this past year was in, yup you guessed it, 2012. This year’s tournament is in…yea, 2013. So it is in fact “every other year.”

    • Sueh8er

      St. Paul, The Ex, which is probably the best NHL venue. Do you need any other reasons as to why they get a regional?? It isn’t the gophers fault, they just happen to be the lucky recipients. Again, Quit crying!

  • RobSpartanMan

    just imagine what the real Gopher program would look like without all the home cooking they get year in year out with WCHA Final Fives, regionals, Frozen fours, etc….man alive!

    • Satriani92

      Final Fives yes, past that your comments don’t hold water.

  • http://twitter.com/joecct77 Joe LaCour

    Wasn’t there talk about going back to campus sites for the 1st round with a 2 out of 3 matchup with the winners going to a “super regional” at 2 neutral sites for a one and done before the Frozen Four?

    What’s happened with that?

    • sioux rule

      I would love to see that. Like it or not when you can stay in your own bed it’s an advantage and the the goofs get plenty of that.

      • College Hockey Fan

        Build another arena in Grand Forks, then you can bid to host a regional as well.
        NCAA regional games are bid on and hosted at Neutral sites. Typical North Dakota fan whinning.
        Sorry Grand Forks doesn’t have the facilities to host NCAA regional games.

        • sioux rule

          Where am I whining pretty boy? Just stating a fact and if ya don’t think playing in your backyard damn near every year isn’t an advantage then you are one clueless dude.

          • I BLeed Maroon And Gold

            For the record, you said “like it or not when you stay in your own bed it’s an advantage and the goofs get plenty of that.” That’s where it sounds like you’re whining. At least that’s how it reads, especially because you went out of your way to mention it in response to a post that didn’t really relate to it.

            Is it an advantage? Yeah, but everyone knows UND’s track record at the X over the past few years, so I’m not sure why it makes much difference. The fact of the matter is the only facility in or around Grand Forks that could legitimately hold a regional is the Ralph, and at this point, regionals have to be played on “neutral” ice.

            I understand your point, but there’s not really anything to be done about it unless you want Minnesota to stop bidding on regionals, the NCAA to stop awarding them to a proven site, or can convince other schools to bid on hosting it somewhere else. I suppose UND could bid to host it at the Fargo Dome (if an ice sheet can be put down there)…

          • sioux rule

            I wasn’t whining but it did come across as that I suppose. Just stated a fact and yes the Sioux do quite well at the X. I will be making my very first trip there this year for the final five. Looking forward to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/apgillespie Aaron Paul Gillespie

    when will we see regionals in grand forks? men and womens

    • sioux rule

      Hopefully sooner than later.

      • Rtn2GoldCountry

        Until the rule changes, UND has a better shot at hosting a regional in Fargo. Good luck with that.

  • Bruce McCrea

    Miami has finally figured out a way to avoid getting sent east.

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