BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston today announced that Fenway Sports Management has selected the nationally ranked UMass Boston men's ice hockey team to compete in the 2014 Citi Frozen Fenway showcase.
The Beacons, who closed out the 2012-13 season with one of the best showings in program history, will face the Vikings of Salem State University, of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4 p.m.
"Playing outdoor hockey at Fenway Park is a rare and exciting opportunity for our athletes," Chancellor J. Keith Motley said. "This event is kicking off a very exciting year for us as we celebrate UMass Boston's 50th anniversary. We're thrilled to be participating in the Citi Frozen Fenway, and we know our alumni and fans share our excitement."
Fenway Park served as the site for the NHL's third Winter Classic in 2010 and featured teams at all levels from across New England. The Boston Bruins went on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime in perhaps one of the most exciting Winter Classic games to date. Two years later the showcase returned and once again featured some of the top college teams in both the city of Boston and in all of New England.
The meeting between UMass Boston and Salem State University will mark the first time that the two programs have faced off since the 2008-09 season. That season the Vikings defeated the Beacons 4-3 in overtime.
"The opportunity to play on such an amazing stage means the world to my players, the university, and me. We are extremely honored to have been selected to compete at Citi Frozen Fenway and will be counting down the days," said head coach Peter Belisle, who has named the 2013 ECAC East and DII/DIII New England Hockey Writers Association Coach of the Year.
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