April 14, 2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's hockey program will take part in the inaugural Frozen Holiday Classic tournament held at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport announced by Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment on Monday. The new holiday tournament will be held on December 27th and 28th and will feature the Huskies, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University and the newly crowned national champion Union College.
"UConn hockey is very excited and honored to be asked by Webster Bank Arena and its organizers to be a part of this annual holiday tournament," stated UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh. "Every year when you look at your schedule there are certain games you circle that are very important. The holiday tournament is always one of them. We couldn't be happier at the University of Connecticut to be a part of this."
Monday's press conference was held at the Webster Bank Arena with City of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Bridgeport City Council President Tom McCarthy present for the announcement.
"College hockey, especially in the state of Connecticut, has truly grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years," HYSE president Howard Saffan said. "The Frozen Hockey Classic will unify these outstanding schools that play college hockey in our area, and we're happy to support and facilitate such an opportunity."
In 2015, Yale University will join the three other Connecticut teams in the second annual Frozen Hockey Classic.
"UConn is excited to be a part of the inaugural Frozen Holiday Classic hockey tournament," commented UConn Athletics Director Warde Manuel. "Webster Bank Arena is a first class facility and Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment president Howard Saffan and his staff have put together a great event for college hockey fans in the state of Connecticut. This will be great opportunity for Husky fans to experience UConn hockey in Fairfield county as we begin play this fall in the prestigious Hockey East conference."
Saffan also announced that the Most Valuable Player of the Frozen Hockey Classic will be awarded the Tim Taylor Trophy. Taylor, a hockey icon, coached at Yale for 28 seasons and served as the head coach of the United States Olympic Hockey Team at the 1994 Olympic games in Lillehammer. He retired from his coaching position in 2006, having won a school record 337 games with the Bulldogs and accumulating countless memories. Taylor died in 2013 at the age of 71.
"Sadly, Tim passed away last year, but not before seeing Yale win its first NCAA hockey championship," Saffan said. "We are proud to honor his legacy by awarding the Tim Taylor Trophy to the Frozen Hockey Classic's Most Valuable Player."
Ticket prices and availability for the 2014 Frozen Hockey Classic at Webster Bank Arena will be announced at a later date.