HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will depart from the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday, Aug. 10, bound for Milan, Italy. The Bobcats will play several games in Italy and Switzerland over the course of their 11 days overseas.
The Bobcats' 11-day tour will begin on Aug. 11 when they arrive in Milan, Italy and will feature a tour of the world-famous Lake Como. On Monday, Aug. 12, the Bobcats will travel to Lugano, Switzerland to face a Swiss professional team in a Challenge Cup Series game.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Quinnipiac will trek 3 ½ hours to Zurich, Switzerland for a tour of the famous city before its second game of the Challenge Cup Series. The Bobcats will conclude their Challenge Cup Series on Friday, Aug. 16 against the Italian U26 Team and another match-up against a Swiss professional team on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Fans interested in checking in with the Bobcats during the trip can visit, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Quinnipiac University Sports Information will provide photos and video of the team's experiences throughout the week. In addition, several of the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey student-athletes will blog about their experiences in Italy and Switzerland. Bobcat fans can also "Like" the Facebook group "Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey in Italy".
In 2012-13, the Bobcats won their first ECAC Hockey Regular-Season Championship before winning the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, capturing the NCAA Tournament East Regional Championship and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four. The Bobcats finished the season as the National Runner-up, with a 30-8-5 record that featured a 17-2-3 mark in ECAC Hockey. Quinnipiac's 2012-13 season also featured the program's first time first No. 1 national ranking and a program-record 21-game unbeaten streak. In addition, Quinnipiac led the nation in scoring defense, penalty killing and overall winning percentage. The Bobcats also featured a Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" Finalist in Eric Hartzell, who went on to sign with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.