BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (April 14, 2014) - Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment announced today that Webster Bank Arena will host the 2014 Frozen Holiday Classic on Dec. 27 and 28. The tournament will feature the men's hockey teams of the University of Connecticut, Sacred Heart University, UMASS Lowell and Union College.
"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 Hockey Classic will unify these outstanding schools that play college hockey in our area, and we’re happy to support and facilitate such an opportunity."
The field includes Union who was crowned the 2014 National Champions Saturday night in Philadelphia. In 2015, Yale University will join the two other Connecticut teams in the second annual Frozen Hockey Classic.
"We're excited to be a part of the ever-growing landscape of college hockey in the state of Connecticut and feel that this event will contribute to its growth exponentially," Saffan said. "As you can tell, we are bullish on Connecticut hockey."
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 and accumulating countless memories. 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."
3pm game: Sacred Heart University vs UMass Lowell
6pm game: UCONN vs Union
3pm: Consolation game: loser of game 1 vs loser of game 2
6pm: Championship game: winner of game 1 vs winner of game 2
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