Report: New in-season tournament coming to Providence in 2014 or 2015

According to the Providence Journal, a new four-team tournament that may include a first-round matchup between Brown and Providence for the Mayor’s Cup could be coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on Thanksgiving weekend of 2014 or 2015.

The other first-round game may be between a Big Ten team and a Hockey East team, according to Boston University radio play-by-play announcer Bernie Corbett, who has been working on the specifics of the tournament.

“Our hope at this point is to start in 2014,” Corbett told the Journal. “We’d like to have the Mayor’s Cup game as part of the tournament — Providence and Brown play in the first round every year and then to have a Hockey East-Big Ten scenario as the other game. That’s pretty much the format we’ve established at this point. That way, you’d be assured of having a Providence team in the championship game.”

The report noted that the Hockey East-Big Ten matchup could be part of the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge, an event the two conferences are initiating this season.

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