In a nod to the popularity of hockey in all its forms in the Boston area, the NCAA announced that their Division I Men’s College Hockey Frozen Four championship will return to the Hub in April 2015. The NCAA’s final four hockey tournament will be played at TD Garden, and Hockey East will be the host conference for the entire weekend.
It will be the seventh time that it’s been held in Boston with the previous TD Garden Frozen Four taking place in 2004.
The University of Denver won the Frozen Four championship in that 2004 tourney with a 1-0 win over Jimmy Howard, Dustin Penner and the rest of the University of Maine Black Bears. Both Boston College and the University of Maine had qualified among the final four teams before Denver ultimately took home the Frozen Four title.
Providence’s Dunkin' Donuts Center will host the East Regional in 2015 and the Verizon Center at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H., will host the Northeast Regional.
In 2016, Worcester’s DCU Center will be host of the Northeast Regional. Also announced as future sites of the Frozen Four were Tampa (2016), Chicago (2017), and St. Paul, Minn. (2018). The 2014 Frozen Four will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, April 10 and 12.