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Fenway Park to host college hockey again

Fenway Park will be the site of four Division 1 college hockey games and two days of free public skating next year.

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Fenway Park will be the site of four Division 1 college hockey games and two days of free public skating next year.

Next winter, local fans will be able to enjoy hockey at Fenway Park once again.

On Thursday, the City of Boston, Hockey East, and Fenway Sports Management announced that Frozen Fenway 2014 will span two weeks and include four Division 1 college hockey games and two days of free public skating.

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“Last year, more than 90,000 people came to Fenway Park to watch college and high school hockey or to enjoy free public skating,” Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “This generated tens of millions of dollars for local business.

“I’m confident that top-notch outdoor college hockey at Fenway Park will make for another unforgettable experience, drawing fans from across the region and serving as a major platform to showcase the people, culture, and local businesses that make our city special.”

Merrimack and Providence will face off in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 4, to be followed by Boston College and Notre Dame. Since 1969, the Eagles and Fighting Irish have met 32 times in hockey, but this will be their first game as conference foes. Notre Dame is joining Hockey East this fall.

On Jan. 11, UMass-Lowell will square off against Northeastern, followed by Maine taking on Boston University. The River Hawks are coming off their first Hockey East regular season and tournament title, and they played in the Frozen Four for the first time this year.

Ticket information for the games will be released in the next few months.

The ice at Fenway will be open to the public for skating on Sunday, Dec. 29, as well as Wednesday, Jan. 1. Tickets must be obtained, though there will be no charge.

“We are excited about the return of hockey to Fenway Park,” Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna said in a statement. “We are particularly pleased that with these two doubleheaders, all of our men’s programs will have had the opportunity to experience Frozen Fenway, including the University of Notre Dame, our newest member.”

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