BOSTON, Mass. – The City of Boston, Hockey East Association, and Fenway Sports Management (FSM), today announced Frozen Fenway 2014, a two-week series of hockey and ice skating events, including two Division I men's college hockey doubleheaders, and two free public skating days for City of Boston residents.
"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."
There will be a pair of Hockey East doubleheaders in 2014 at Fenway Park. On Saturday, Jan. 4, Merrimack College will play Providence, followed by Notre Dame vs. Boston College. The following weekend on Saturday, Jan. 11, UMass Lowell will face Northeastern, prior to Maine playing Boston University.
It will be Maine's second time participating in Frozen Fenway, as the Black Bears played at Fenway Park in January 2012. Maine defeated New Hampshire 5-4 after Brian Flynn scored just 1:29 into overtime in front of 38,456 fans.
Maine and Boston University have met 119 times in history with the Terriers holding a 58-48-13 lead in the all-time series. The two teams first met during the 1924 season in a game played on an outdoor rink next to the Stillwater River in Orono. Maine has won the last six games played on neutral ice. Both Maine and Boston University will have new head coaches for the 2013-2014 season.