UMass, UVM, UNH and Maine to play hockey doubleheader at Fenway

It was announced Friday that UMass, Vermont, UNH and Maine would play in hockey doubleheader at Fenway Park on January 7. UMass and UVM will meet in the first game at 4 p.m. ET, followed by UNH and Maine at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Boston is the best sports town in America and the capital of the hockey world. On January 7, 2012 it only gets better. This is going to be a great Hockey Day in New England. We saw how successful the Winter Classic was and I’m confident that top-notch college hockey at Fenway Park will make for another unforgettable experience, drawing fans from across the region and serving as a major platform to showcase the people, culture, and local businesses that make our city special. As part of this event, I am proud to announce that there will be two full days of public skating during Frozen Fenway 2012. This will give families and children the chance to experience the ice, just like their favorite college players. I want to thank the Red Sox, the Hockey East Association, and the participating schools for working with the City to create this great event,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“We look forward to kicking off Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary celebrations with Frozen Fenway 2012, which is a great way for thousands of families to come and enjoy favorite winter pastimes as we begin celebrating its milestone year,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President/COO Sam Kennedy. “We want to thank Mayor Menino for his continued support, and welcome back Joe Bertagna and Hockey East to America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

“Few experiences in my four decades in college hockey were as special as the first Frozen Fenway in 2010,” said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. “It was a once in a lifetime experience for our four schools the first time around and I expect the same in 2012. Given that we will help launch Fenway Park's 100th anniversary season, we are doubly grateful for this opportunity.”