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Hockey East Announces New Postseason Tournament Format

The Hockey East Association announced on Wednesday a new postseason tournament format. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Earlier today, the Hockey East Association announced a new postseason tournament format for their men’s and women’s leagues, which will feature every program competing in a single-elimination contest.

The new format for the Hockey East playoffs is set to begin in 2022 and will look similar to what fans witnessed earlier this year, which saw Northeastern University (women’s postseason champions) and UMass Amherst (men’s postseason champions) capture their respective tournament.

“This new format for the Hockey East Tournament gives all of our student-athletes the chance to compete for a championship, which is undoubtedly the most exciting part of the season,” Hockey East Commissioner Steve Metcalf said via today’s release from the conference. “Hockey East is the most competitive conference in college hockey, top to bottom, and this new format will highlight the importance of every game during the season for players and fans alike.”

The 2022 Hockey East women’s postseason tournament will feature all 10 teams for the first time in conference history — the tournament will begin next February 23, 2022, with a pair of opening-round contests, which will be hosted by the seventh and eighth seeds. A few weeks later, the men’s league will begin its postseason with a trio of opening-round tilts with the sixth, seventh, and eighth seed teams serving as the hosts.

The Hockey East Announces Plans For 2020-21 Season

Hockey East Pre-Season Coaches Poll By Matt Noonan

The Hockey East Association announced this morning its intention to play games this year, despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

When exactly the 2020-21 season will begin for both its men and women’s members remains an unknown. But, according to today’s release, “a new start date and specifics of regular-season competition, will be released at a later date.”

Like most conferences and leagues that have expressed interest in providing its student-athletes with some competition this upcoming school year, the Hockey East admitted they will confront more challenges as they inch closer to a new season. And as expected, the league – again, like others – plans to put health and safety first, along with physical and mental health, too.

More will be added to this blog post as the day progresses, so please stay tuned! 

Hockey East Plans to Host Two Games at Fenway Park in January

Get excited college hockey fans, "Frozen Fenway" is coming back to Boston in January of 2012!

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Friday the Hockey East Association, Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management (FSM) announced that “Frozen Fenway” is expected to occur on January 7, 2012, pending the city’s approval.

Four New England Colleges, (University of Massachusetts (Minutemen), University of Maine (Black Bears), University of Vermont (Catamounts) and University of New Hampshire (Wildcats)) will take part in this great event.

U-Mass will play Vermont at 4:00pm, while U-Maine and New Hampshire will face-off at 7:30pm.

For those interested in obtaining tickets for the event should contact the Fenway Park box office on Tuesday September 13 at 12:00pm eastern. The number you can call is (877) RED-SOX9.

Here’s some more information from Friday’s press release:

While the UNH and UMaine hockey rivalry has often been referred to as the “Border War,” the upcoming doubleheader will create a four-way border war between the four competing state schools. The hockey games at Fenway Park will be the 56th all-time meeting between UVM and UMass and the 111th all-time meeting between UNH and UMaine.

In the all-time series history, UVM leads the series with UMass, 33-15-6 in 54 meetings. UMaine leads the series with UNH, 56-48-5 in 109 meetings. Both UNH and Maine were ranked in the national polls last year with UNH finishing second in the Hockey East standings and Maine finishing in fifth place.

New England Sports Network (NESN) is scheduled to broadcast three hockey games on January 7 creating “Hockey Day in New England”. The tripleheader begins at 1 p.m. when the Bruins take on the Canucks for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals. The network will then move to Fenway Park where it will showcase the two great Hockey East matchups at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.

“This is going to be an exciting day for New England hockey fans,” said NESN President Sean McGrail. “We are pleased to be broadcasting all three back-to-back games to New England fans on NESN in what will be ‘Hockey Day in New England’.” The 2012 hockey games at Fenway Park will mark the second time outdoor hockey has been played at the ballpark and the second time that college hockey games have been played since 2010. Boston University defeated Boston College, 3-2, in the inaugural event on Jan. 8, 2010 in front of a sold out crowd of 38,472 fans, while UNH bested Northeastern in the women’s game by a 5-3 score

For more information on this particular event, make sure to visit the Hockey East website. CLICK HERE for the entire press release.