The Hub of Hockey will again serve as the epicenter for the college game, with the NCAA bringing its Frozen Four to Boston in early April.
The event features two national semifinals on Thursday, April 7, then pits the winners against each other in the national title tilt on Saturday, April 9. In between the festivities will include the presentation of the Hobey Baker Award to college hockey’s best player, and possibly other fan-friendly festivities that had not yet been announced as of three weeks before the games.
(At Buffalo in 2019, which was pre-pandemic, of course, “Frozen Fest” featured free events for fans that included red-carpet arrivals for all four teams, live music, interactive games, trophy displays, and photo opportunities.)
Whatever the event offers outside the rink, the action on the ice should be spectacular if Boston’s Frozen Four history is any indication. This will be the fourth time the city has hosted college hockey’s championship weekend in the past 25 years, and every time the title game has turned into a classic.
Seven years ago, future Bruin Noel Acciari helped lead Providence College to a 4-3 win over Jack Eichel’s Boston University team in a tense, all-Hockey East affair. Back in 2004, the University of Denver made a first-period goal standup, and beat the University of Maine, 1-0. And six years before that, the University of Michigan topped hometown Boston College, 3-2, in an overtime thriller.
All three of those previous games had a local leaning, and this year’s national draw began with five New England schools looking to earn their way to the Garden. The reigning national champ, UMass, was sent to the Worcester regional with Northeastern. Quinnipiac and American International College were both in the Allentown, Penn., bracket, while UMass-Lowell was shipped to Loveland, Colo., and Harvard’s ECAC Championship earned it a trip to Albany.
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