Frozen Fenway 2017 returning to Boston with two Hockey East doubleheaders

Outdoor hockey is returning to Boston for the 2016-17 season with Frozen Fenway 2017, a two-week series of hockey and ice skating events taking place at Fenway Park from Jan. 4-16, 2017.

Frozen Fenway will feature two marquee Hockey East men’s doubleheaders, along with additional college and high school hockey games and a free public skating day for City of Boston residents.

“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” said Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy in a news release.

The two Hockey East doubleheaders featuring eight of the premier college hockey programs in New England are scheduled to take place on Jan. 7 and 14. Game times to be announced at a later date:

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017:
* Boston University vs. Massachusetts
* Boston College vs. Providence

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017:
* Maine vs. Connecticut
* New Hampshire vs. Northeastern

“Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park,” added Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “Once Frozen Fenway 2017 is complete, all 12 Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

Along with the hockey games, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the city of Boston will host a free public skate for residents to experience Frozen Fenway on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Ticket information, along with additional Frozen Fenway games and events will be announced in the coming months.