BOSTON — Just one week after a Hockey East doubleheader featuring four of New England’s Division I hockey universities, a pair of Boston rivalry games will take center stage on what will become America’s Most Beloved Sheet of Ice.
After reports of a second set of hockey games came down on Wednesday, the news that Northeastern and Boston College would be playing a Hockey East game in Fenway Park as part of the second Frozen Fenway was released for real on Thursday afternoon.
The longtime conference rivals will be meeting for the 214th time when Jan. 14, 2012, rolls around. The 6 p.m. puck drop will be preceded by a 3 p.m. clash between two storied Massachusetts high school rivals in Boston College High and Catholic Memorial.
The outdoor game between the two squads will also serve as a preview of the opening-round match at the 60th Annual Beanpot Tournament (Monday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.).
Tickets go on sale on November 18 at noon and will include admission to both games. They will be available at RedSox.com/FrozenFenway, by calling (877) RED-SOX9, or at the Fenway Park box office.
The Frozen Fenway 2012 events — sponsored by Sun Life Financial for the second time — will also include two free skating days for Boston residents as part of the Mayor’s Community Skate, taking place on Sunday, Jan. 1 and again on Monday, Jan. 16.
Several thousand tickets for the two Community Skate days will be distributed to various Boston residents and groups through the Mayor’s office. More information will be available at a later date.
Northeastern Head Coach Jim Madigan:
“The Northeastern hockey team, family and alumni are honored to be a part of the Frozen Fenway experience. This game is especially meaningful to Northeastern as the Boston Red Sox used to play at the Huntington Avenue Grounds which lies right on our campus. We are pleased to take on such a formidable opponent in Boston College. This will be an experience in which everyone involved will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Northeastern Director of Athletics Peter Roby:
“Our hope at Northeastern is for our student-athletes to make memories that will last them a lifetime. Playing hockey against Boston College at Fenway Park as part of its 100th year celebration will certainly be a memory our players, coaches, alumni and fans will never forget.”
Northeastern Sophomore Forward Rob Dongara:
“It’s nice. Growing up, I used to go to all the games with my dad…Walking up the ramp to the big field, the Green Monster is going to be fun and hopefully we squeeze a win out of it.”
Boston College Head Coach Jerry York:
“The opportunity to play our long-time rival Northeastern on a stage like Fenway Park captivates not only our fan base and the public at large, but our coaches, staff and players as well. Based on our previous experience, which was a memorable night, we look forward to another outdoor game at Fenway Park with great anticipation.”
Boston College High School Athletic Director Jon Bartlett:
“BC High is honored to play outdoor hockey in one of America’s most revered landmarks. It will be a tremendous opportunity for not just our hockey players and coaches to play at Fenway Park, but also for the student body, families, and alumni who will be in attendance.”
Catholic Memorial Athletic Director Alex Campea:
“This is a great opportunity for Catholic Memorial hockey. Being able to skate at Fenway Park will certainly be one of the highlights of our players’ hockey careers.”