It may only be the dog days of hot and humid August, but some of the NCAA's biggest ice hockey programs were present at Fenway Park on Thursday night, as representatives from eight Hockey East programs took part in a pregame ceremony to promote Frozen Fenway 2017.
Frozen Fenway will be a two-part doubleheader of Hockey East action held outdoors in Fenway Park, starting with Boston University vs. UMass and Boston College vs. Providence on Jan. 7 and Maine vs. UConn and New Hampshire vs. Northeastern on Jan. 14.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Sept. 1 and coaches and player representatives from each team were in attendance at Fenway to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox hosting the New York Yankees.
On field for the first pitch ceremony!! pic.twitter.com/TZXne9kgRc— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) August 11, 2016
Coach Borek and Pinho on field level. pic.twitter.com/cW4gw5ifV9— PC Men's Hockey (@FriarsHockey) August 11, 2016
Coach Stewart and Matias Cleland on the video board at Fenway! pic.twitter.com/PQ7rHU1BRY— UNH Wildcats Hockey (@UNHHockey) August 11, 2016
UCONN captain Derek Pratt delivers the first pitch pic.twitter.com/3RaG4nWNJY— Hockey East (@hockey_east) August 11, 2016
Frozen Fenway games debuted in 2012 and last returned in 2014. This year’s third edition's slate of games will start at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.
Frozen Fenway 2017 will feature some of the Hockey East’s best, including last season’s regular-season conference co-champions in the Friars and Eagles in their head-to-head matchup on the opening Saturday.