Hockey East will be returning to Fenway Park next year to participate in "Frozen Fenway 2014." The two-week event will consist of two Hockey East double-headers on consecutive Saturdays as well as two free public skating days for the public.
“Last year, more than 90,000 people came to Fenway Park to watch college and high school hockey or to enjoy free, public skating,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “This generated tens of millions of dollars for local business. I’m confident that top-notch outdoor college hockey at Fenway Park will make for another unforgettable experience, drawing fans from across the region and serving as a major platform to showcase the people, culture, and local businesses that make our city special.”
“After the success of the Winter Classic in 2010 and the Frozen Fenway college games in 2012, hockey and skating are fast becoming winter traditions at Fenway Park,” said FSM President and Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy. “We welcome back Hockey East and, along with the Mayor, look forward to once again having our beloved ballpark be host to college games, high school games, and to welcome various communities throughout New England to Fenway Park this winter.”
The first Saturday of the double-headers on January 4th will feature Merrimack College against Providence College, followed by Notre Dame against Boston College. Notre Dame will be playing in its inaugural season in the Hockey East Conference and the Eagles will be the only team to have played in all three Frozen Fenways (2010,2012,2014).
On the following Saturday, January 11th, the Hockey East games will resume and UMass Lowell will take on Northeastern University, followed by the University of Maine against Boston University. The River Hawks were the outright Hockey East Champions this past season, winning both the regular season and tournament championship under Division I National Coach of the Year Norm Bazin. They also reached the Frozen Four for the first time in school history.
“We are excited about the return of hockey to Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “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.”
As for the free public skating, Fenway Park will be available to residents of the City of Boston for two, free days of skating on Sunday, December 29th and again on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st. Information about how to obtain tickets for the Mayor Menino’s Community Skate will be announced in the coming months.