The postseason format has been used in NCAA hockey since 1948, but it wasn’t until 1999 that the sport’s final two rounds were dubbed the “Frozen Four”. An ode to the preceding NCAA Basketball Tournament’s Final Four moniker, the Frozen Four is held to determine the NCAA’s Division I and III hockey champion. Due to lack of sponsorship, no Frozen Four is held on the D-II level.
The Frozen Four is typically held in April and follows the NCAA’s Basketball Tournament. Much like the Basketball Tournament, the Ice Hockey Tournament uses a bracket format and welcomes four rounds to determine a championship school. During Frozen Four weekend, the Hobey Baker Award ceremony, Hockey Humanitarian ceremony and USCHO.com Town Hall Meeting are all held annually. Such ceremonies are held to honor the year’s most established student athletes both on the ice and in their respective communities.
In its nearly 70 years of existence, the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament has seen several schools appear more than 30 times. Minnesota will gear up to make its record-setting 36th appearance in 2015, while Boston College has appeared 34 times. Boston University has played in 33 tournaments and North Dakota in 30.
The Frozen Four welcomes a women’s tournament as well. Since the 2000-01 season, the Women’s Frozen Four has followed a similar format to that of the Men’s bracket, with four single-elimination rounds determining a champion. The Patty Kazmaier Award ceremony takes place during Frozen Four weekend, which is given to the top female college player that year.
Frozen Four News
3-29-15: Half of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four are set as Boston University and North Dakota punched their tickets yesterday. BU defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-2, while North Dakota defeated St. Cloud State 4-1.
The remaining two slots will be filled today as the Rochester Institute of Technology faces Omaha at the Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Indiana, and Providence faces the University of Denver at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Currently, the average price for Frozen Four all session tickets at TD Garden in Boston is $609.70. Semifinal session tickets are averaging $298.73, and championship game tickets are averaging $320.26.
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