The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team will compete in the first-ever Frozen Hockey Classic at Webster Bank Arena in Brideport, Conn., as announced by Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment on Monday, Apr. 14.
"We want to thank Webster Bank Arena and Howard Saffan, as well as the City of Bridgeport for organizing the Frozen Hockey Classic," Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. "We were fortunate to be here just a few weeks ago, playing in the NCAA Regional, which was an awesome experience for us. This is a great venue - everything is first class."
The 2014 tournament will be played on Dec. 27-28 featuring Quinnipiac, UConn, Sacred Heart and Union. In 2015, Yale will replace Union for the all-Connecticut tournament. Webster Bank Arena recently hosted the 2014 NCAA Tournament East Regional, in which Quinnipiac was one of the four teams - along with Vermont, Providence and National Champion Union College. It is also the home of the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bridgeport Soundtigers, the affiliate of the NHL's New York Islanders.
"We're really excited for the Frozen Hockey Classic," Pecknold said. "There are four great teams that will be playing here this year and Yale coming in next year."
"College hockey, especially in the state of Connecticut, has truly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years," HYSE president Howard Saffan said. "The Frozen Holiday Classic will unify these outstanding schools that play college hockey in our area, and we're happy to support and facilitate such an opportunity."
Saffan also announced that the Most Valuable Player of the Frozen Holiday Classic will be awarded the Tim Taylor Trophy. Taylor, a hockey icon, coached at Yale for 28 seasons and served as the head coach of the United States Olympic Hockey Team at the 1994 Olympic games in Lillehammer. He retired from his coaching position in 2006, having won a school record 337 games with the Bulldogs. Taylor died in 2013 at the age of 71.
"Sadly, Tim passed away last year, but not before seeing Yale win its first NCAA hockey championship," Saffan said. "We are proud to honor his legacy by awarding the Tim Taylor Trophy to the Frozen Hockey Classic's Most Valuable Player."
Ticket prices and availability for the 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic at Webster Bank Arena will be announced at a later date.