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Fenway Park is set to have a very busy and very chilly off-season. The MLB’s oldest active stadium will play host not only to the NHL’s Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and Philladelphia Flyers on New Year’s Day, but also to a college hockey double-header one week later, on January 8.
Hockey East officials will be joined at Boston’s beloved ballpark on August 20 by representatives from Boston College, Boston University, the University of New Hampshire, and Northeastern University to officially announce the games. The men’s teams from Boston College and Boston University will look to add a new chapter to their rivalry as they play in the NCAA’s third outdoor hockey match ever. The BC Eagles will play “host” to the Terriers in the Friday nightcap, whose 8 p.m. face-off will follow the tilt between the women’s teams from UNH and Northeastern.
When the NHL announced in July that this year’s Winter Classic would be at Fenway, speculation of a double-header involving BC and BU abounded. The event was unable to be finalized, but the NHL continued to work on deal that would maximize the use of the their portable rink, which cost the league over one-half of a million dollars simply to buy, never mind set-up, maintain, or move. After brief negotiations, the agreement was amiably finalized late last month according to reports.
In addition to the two events, fans may also be treated to public skating sessions at the park during the week between the two event. While that has yet to be made official, the matches alone will certainly provide a great deal of pleasure to hockey-lovers everywhere.