For visitors and residents alike, it’s easy to understand that Boston, Massachusetts is one of the most sports-centric cities in the country. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, football or hockey, Boston sports fans treat athletes like family and root for them on a life-long basis.
Much like Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, many famous athletes have called the TD Garden their place of work. Formerly known as the Boston Garden, sports fans throughout Massachusetts watched players like Bill Russell and Bobby Orr win multiple championships for their respective teams.
And while the Garden is home to Boston’s professional teams, there are plenty of local sporting and entertaining events. Many high school and collegiate tournaments are held at the TD Garden each year, such as the MIAA Ice Hockey “Super 8” Championship and the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championship.
Unsurprisingly, Boston was one of the selections for a future NCAA Frozen Four – and on December 11th, 2013, it was announced that the TD Garden would once again host college hockey’s best teams at the 2015 Frozen Four tournament.
Given the strength of the local hockey teams like Boston College, Boston University, Providence College and UMass Lowell, it is likely that Boston-area programs will be well represented in this year’s tournament.
Believe it or not, Boston does have a history of hosting the Frozen Four tournament. From 1972 to 1974, Boston hosted the games for three consecutive years with Boston University winning its second straight title in 1972, leaving Cornell to travel back home with no goals scored during legend Jack Kelley’s last game as a coach. The notable Herb Brooks won his first NCAA title in Boston in 1974 as Minnesota’s coach. Defeating BU 5-4 in the semi-finals and then Michigan Tech 4-2 in the finals, the Gophers became a fierce rival in that era, as Brooks would go on to win a total of 3 NCAA Championships in all.
In 1998, Boston College and Michigan came head to head in the Frozen Four final at the Fleetcenter (former name of TD Garden). Unfortunately, BC couldn’t take home the title for their hometown fans, as Michigan won 3-2 in overtime.
We can’t forget the outstanding accomplishments of Boston’s colleges since 2000, as Boston-area hockey programs have made 8 appearances in the finals and have taken home the title five times. We look forward to the 2015 Frozen Four at the TD Garden and hope the hometown teams will represent us well!