Dec. 28, 2009

BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts men's ice hockey team will host the 45th Annual Codfish Bowl on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30 at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The tournament is the nation's second-oldest hockey invitational, next to the Beanpot.

The first game will feature the Suffolk University Rams (3-6-2) and the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen (2-7-2) on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. UMass Boston's Beacons (4-2-1) will host the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats (2-7-0) at 5:00 p.m. in the second game of the day's first round. The consolation game will be played at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday with the championship contest to follow at 5:00 p.m.

UMass Boston makes its record 28th appearance in the Codfish Bowl after inheriting the tournament from Boston State College in 1982. The Beacons are 23-29-2 in the tournament and captured championships in 1983, 1997 and 2007. Suffolk is making its fourth straight Codfish Bowl appearance and is just one of seven teams in tournament history to play in four straight tournaments and the first since Saint Anselm College did it from 1997-2000. Southern New Hampshire will be playing in its fifth Codfish Bowl, since its debut in 2000 and has made an appearance in every odd year since 2005. Johnson & Wales is playing in its first-ever Codfish Bowl and becomes the 36th school to play in the prestigious tournament. Like, Suffolk and Southern New Hampshire, Johnson & Wales will look for its first Codfish Bowl title.