Hockey is coming back to Fenway Park.
For two Saturdays in January, Boston’s beloved ballpark will once again play host to hockey, as the city, Fenway Sports Management and Hockey East announced plans for two doubleheaders, on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11, 2014. All four games involve Hockey East teams.
The first Saturday, Jan. 4, will open with a game between Merrimack and Providence, and the nightcap will feature new Hockey East member Notre Dame against Boston College. It will be the first conference game between the longtime rival schools, as Notre Dame becomes a member of the league this fall.
On Jan. 11, defending champion UMass-Lowell will play Northeastern, and Boston University will close out Frozen Fenway 2014 with a game against Maine.
“After the success of the Winter Classic in 2010 and the Frozen Fenway college games in 2012, hockey and skating are fast becoming winter traditions at Fenway Park,” said FSM President and Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy in a press release. “We welcome back Hockey East and, along with the Mayor, look forward to once again having our beloved ballpark be host to college games, high school games, and to welcome various communities throughout New England to Fenway Park this winter.”
Ticket information will be released at a later date, as will further details about other uses of the Fenway ice in January. Two public skating days, Dec. 29 and Jan. 1, have been announced, and more is planned for the 17-day Frozen Fenway 2014 program.
It will be the third time hockey has invaded Fenway Park. The first was 2010, when the Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers played in the NHL Winter Classic. The BC and BU men’s teams, and UNH and Northeastern women’s teams, played a week later. Vermont and UMass clashed on Lansdowne Street on Jan. 7, as did UNH and Maine, and BC and Northeastern met a week later. Those events also included a bevy of high school games. The 2012 Frozen Fenway brought more than 90,000 people to the ballpark, between the games and public skating.
BC will be making its third appearance at Fenway, the only Hockey East team to hold that distinction.