BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's hockey team will play in the 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic at Webster Bank Arena Dec. 27-28, Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment announced on Monday. The inaugural tournament field includes UConn, Quinnipiac, and current national champion Union.
"I think this is going to be an unbelievable event here," said Sacred Heart head coach C.J. Marottolo. "Sacred Heart is very excited to be in the inaugural Frozen Holiday Classic. I think people are going to see some great hockey and some very exciting hockey come the holidays. Webster Bank Arena is a great venue and there is a lot of excitement for hockey in this region."
The 2014 tournament field includes two schools that recently appeared in the NCAA national championship game. Union won the national title last Saturday in Philadelphia, while Quinnipiac reached the 2013 title game. In 2015, Yale will join Sacred Heart, UConn, and Quinnipiac in the Frozen Holiday Classic for an all-Connecticut tournament.
"College hockey, especially in the state of Connecticut, has truly grown by leaps and bounds over the past years," HYSE president Howard Saffan said. "The Frozen Hockey Classic will unify the 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 coached at Yale for 28 seasons and served as the head coach of the 1994 United States Olympic Hockey Team. He won a school record 337 games at Yale before retiring in 2006. Taylor died in 2013 at the age of 71.
Ticket prices and availability for the 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic will be announced at a later date.