June 23, 2005

HC To Hold NCAA Hockey Regionals In 2008 & 2010

June 23, 2005

WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross will serve as the host institution for the NCAA men's ice hockey Northeast Regional in 2008 and 2010. All games in the regional will be played at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. In 2008, the games will be played either March 28 and 29, or March 29 and 30. In 2010, games will take place on either March 26 and 27, or March 27 and 28.

"As a participant in the 2004 NCAA men's ice hockey championship, we know what a tremendous experience this event is for participating student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans," said Holy Cross athletic director Richard Regan. "As the host school, we will provide an enjoyable overall experience for all involved. As Worcester's only Division I institution, we wanted to ensure the return of NCAA hockey to the city and enthusiastically supported this bid."

This will mark the first time that Holy Cross will serve as the host institution for an NCAA regional. The DCU Center has previously been the site for NCAA regionals in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005, and will also play host to games in 2006. Holy Cross and the DCU Center have previously worked together for NCAA men's basketball first and second round games in 1992 and 2005.

"Each year the field of regional bids keeps getting better and better. This year was certainly no exception," said Wayne Dean, chair of the NCAA Division I men's ice hockey committee. "It is crucial to the success of the tournament that we offer quality regional sites and experiences, and we feel those selected are second to none."

Ticket information for NCAA men's ice hockey regional games to be played at the DCU Center will be announced at a later date.

The NCAA also announced the sites for a number of other regionals through 2011, in addition to the sites of the Frozen Four through 2012. A listing of all future NCAA men's ice hockey tournament sites follows.

2006
East Regional: Pepsi Arena, Albany, N.Y. (PRI and ECAC, hosts)
Northeast Regional: DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (Boston University, host)
Midwest Regional: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (Michigan Tech, host)
West Regional: Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D. (North Dakota, host)
Frozen Four: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (Wisconsin, host)

2007
East Regional: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y. (ECAC, host)
Northeast Regional: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (New Hampshire, host)
Midwest Regional: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Western Michigan, host)
West Regional: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (Denver, host)
Frozen Four: Savvis Center, St. Louis, Mo. (College Hockey America, host)

2008
East Regional: Pepsi Arena, Albany, N.Y. (RPI and ECAC, hosts)
Northeast Regional: DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross, host)
Midwest Regional: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin, host)
West Regional: World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Colorado College, host)
Frozen Four: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (Denver, host)

2009
East Regional: Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn. (Yale and Fairfield, hosts)
Northeast Regional: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (New Hampshire, host)
Midwest Regional: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Western Michigan and CCHA, hosts)
West Regional: Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota, host)
Frozen Four: MCI Center, Washington, D.C. (Navy, host)

2010
East Regional: Pepsi Arena, Albany, N.Y. (RPI and ECAC, hosts)
Northeast Regional: DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross, host)
Midwest Regional: TBA
West Regional: TBA
Frozen Four: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. (CCHA, host)

2011
East Regional: Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn. (Yale and Fairfield, hosts)
Northeast Regional: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (New Hampshire, host)
Midwest Regional: TBA
West Regional: TBA
Frozen Four: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (Minnesota, host)

2012
East Regional: TBA
Northeast Regional: TBA
Midwest Regional: TBA
West Regional: TBA
Frozen Four: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. (Alabama-Huntsville, host)