Boston University chosen as host for 2017 Hockey East women’s tournament

buThe women’s Hockey East announced Tuesday that Boston University will serve as host of the 2017 women’s Hockey East tournament and championship weekend at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5.

The tournament will decide the winner of the Bertagna Trophy in the league’s 15th anniversary season.

“Walter Brown Arena is a terrific site for an event of this importance,” said league commissioner Joe Bertagna in a news release. “We are thankful for Boston University’s willingness to host and we are happy that our athletes will compete for this championship in such an historic venue.”

“Our program is proud to take on the responsibility of hosting Hockey East’s championship weekend,” BU head coach Brian Durocher added. “I’m confident that our entire administration and staff will do a great job in making it a world-class event and we look forward to supporting the league and all its great teams.”

Information regarding ticket sales and surrounding events will be released at a future date.

The semifinals will be held on Saturday, March 4, with games tentatively slated for 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT. Single-admission tickets are valid for both Saturday contests. The winners of each semifinal will advance to the championship game on Sunday, March 5, which is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m.

The four Hockey East semifinalists will play the quarterfinal round during the previous weekend (Feb. 24-26). The top eight teams in the league standings at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the postseason tournament and seeds No. 1-4 will host seeds No. 5-8 in a best-of-three quarterfinal series on campus sites.