College Hockey:
Frozen Fenway 2014 will include two men’s doubleheaders

Hockey is returning outdoors to Boston’s Fenway Park in 2014 as Hockey East announced Thursday its Frozen Fenway 2014 event, a two-week series of hockey and ice skating events, including two Division I men’s college hockey doubleheaders on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 and two free public skating days for Boston residents.

“We are excited about the return of hockey to Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna in a statement. “We are particularly pleased that with these two doubleheaders, all of our men’s programs will have had the opportunity to experience Frozen Fenway, including the University of Notre Dame, our newest member.”

On Jan. 4, Merrimack will play Providence, followed by Notre Dame against Boston College.

The following Saturday, Massachusetts-Lowell will face Northeastern and then Maine plays Boston University.

Game times and ticket information for the two doubleheaders will be announced in the coming months.

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  • Joe Crowley

    I am trying to get excited about this, but….

    • bronxbomberz41

      More outdoor games. I like them more when they are less frequent. The Winter Classic is a big event for the NHL, and I like the idea of local college programs piggy-backing off of it when it comes to town. That way, every 5-10 years you get an event. Seems to make it more special.

      Of course, you knew that BC an ND would get the match-up I get a feeling that they are going to try and play up this “rivalry” even more than the BC/BU one, because it would have more national appeal. BU was basically a lock for another game. The rest is just fillers.

      • ExiledGopher

        Knowing what the BU / BC hockey rivalry is and the proximity to Fenway of the schools, it just seems like they should have BU playing BC.

        • BecauseItsTheCup

          That’s because you don’t know how Maine fans travel to big games in Boston, and the Maine/BU rivalry. Maine had the most fans at the last one out of UMass, UVM, and UNH.

          • ChuckGandCrew

            I’m always impressed by the Maine contingency. They travel well.

          • ExiledGopher

            It doesn’t matter how well Maine travels…ask kids who went to BU who they hate most: BC.

          • ExiledGopher

            I’m happy for you that Maine fans travel to Boston for big games. Maine must be the North Dakota of the East.

            My point was that BU’s number one rival is BC — at least for those sports where the levels of competition are equal, and having that game in a location that close to the universities would be wild because of the number students from each school who would go to it.

        • bronxbomberz41

          True, but they did already do that, so I see the argument for not doing it again. And Notre Dame brings so much money, they need to market the “rivalry” between them.

    • ChuckGandCrew

      Is this the first sign of the end of the BU v BC ? BC v ND taking center stage. I’d rather see UML V PC for a match up of the two best sophomore goalies. Northeastern won’t sell 3,000 seats in their own backyard.

      • Joe Crowley

        Reading the tea leaves of the Hockey East schedule, it looks like the “rivalries” are as follows:
        BC/Notre Dame
        UMass/UConn (future)
        Some combination of Vermont/Lowell/Merrimack/Providence

        • bronxbomberz41

          They were kind of forcing UMass/UVM for a little while, and UVM and PC will definitely get left out of this mix without a true rival. And unless Northeastern can get their act together, that will be a one-sided rivalry. Lowell/Merrimack makes sense, as they are a short drive down 495 from each other.

          and you absolutely know they will market a BC/ND rivalry. They already have a football “rivalry” (even though BC football usually sucks) and they have an old Big East Basketball rivalry as well. But even then, I don’t think those from ND care too much about BC. Its the BC ones who care, the school they seem to have an inferiority complex with is Notre Dame. They would love to be Notre Dame.

          • Joe Crowley

            I agree about Lowell/Merrimack being the “natural” pairing and that Vermont/Providence are the awkward last pairing.

            You hit the nail on the head when it comes to NBCSN and Notre Dame pushing the “rivarly” with BC for television ratings. You have BC and Notre Dame playing all other Olympic sports in the ACC. However, Michigan and Michigan State will remain bigger rivals for Notre Dame, especially with the extra games Hockey East and BTHC will have to fill. Also, the Boston College view of Notre Dame has been big brother/little brother for years. If BC had its way, it would kick Harvard out of the Beanpot and have Notre Dame be the fourth team.

            BU and BC are the natural rivals, but that is LOCAL interest for a broadcaster like NESN. Notre Dame playing BC and BU is the same difference in hockey, but a game against BC means showing Doug Flutie highlights as well as the year BC upset Notre Dame’s great season. This is what will count to NBCSN, the easily demonstrated rivalry.

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