According to CHN's Mike McMahon, the city of Boston has approved the necessary permits for Frozen Fenway 2014. I guess no one took me up on my offer to shred the paperwork down at City Hall. Oh well.
Hockey East is set to host four games over two days in January of next year. Merrimack-Providence is expected to be the undercard for Boston College-Notre Dame on Saturday, January 4, 2014. On the following weekend, January 11, defending Hockey East champs UMass Lowell will play Northeastern and Boston University will play Maine.
Everyone plays everyone. Everyone gets a trophy.
Next season the NHL has plans for not one but SIX outdoor hockey games as part of a stadium series. Yet none of those games are rumored to be at Fenway Park so it looks like Hockey East will go it alone as they did in 2012.
Fenway Park has previously hosted college hockey games in 2010 and 2012. Boston College faced Boston University in the inaugural event in 2010 and Northeastern as part of two weekends of outdoor college hockey in 2012. Announced attendance for the inaugural game drew 38,472 to Fenway Park. The 2012 BC-Northeastern game saw an announced crowd of 29,601.
Notre Dame will be playing its first full season as a member of Hockey East. The Eagles and Irish have previously met 32 times with BC owning a 17-13-2 record in the all-time series.
Update: It's official. Ugh.
Here is the official BC Interruption response to the announcement.