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Frozen Fenway will make a return in 2017

Northeastern's Colton Saucerman and Braden Pimm celebrated a goal against UMass-Lowell in a 2014 game at Fenway.
Northeastern's Colton Saucerman and Braden Pimm celebrated a goal against UMass-Lowell in a 2014 game at Fenway.JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF FILE/Boston Globe

Following an offseason that saw college and high school football, Irish hurling, and the Big Air competition come to Fenway Park, the ballpark is gearing up for another busy winter.

On Wednesday, Fenway Sports Management, Hockey East, and the City of Boston announced a schedule of four college hockey games slated for the first two Saturdays in 2017.

On Jan. 7, Boston University will take on the University of Massachusetts, while Boston College faces Providence College. The following Saturday, Jan. 14, Maine will square off against Connecticut, and New Hampshire will take on Northeastern.

Frozen Fenway 2017 also will feature additional college and high school games, and a free public skating day for Boston residents.

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“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar, and we look forward to joining with Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” said Red Sox president Sam Kennedy in a statement.

Added Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, “Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park.

“Once Frozen Fenway 2017 is complete, all 12 Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

Frozen Fenway made its debut in 2012, following the success of the Winter Classic in 2010, and made a return in 2014.

Times for the games will be set at a later date.