For the first time in our great sports history, Chicago is hosting college hockey’s biggest tourney, The Frozen Four! No, this isn’t a back to back to back to back showing of Disney’s uber-hit starring the Wickedly talented Idina Menzel. It’s hockey.
With so much love for the Blackhawks this time of year, we should take a little time to check out the up-and-comers in the NCAA showdown on April 6th and 8th.
The Frozen Four
In 1948 the Michigan Wolverines won the first ever College Hockey Championship held that the historic Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs beating out Dartmouth in overtime 8-4. Only four teams played in the three game tournament filled with college students as old as thirty due to their time in World War II.
The tournament stayed in Colorado Springs for ten years with Michigan winning six championships there–mostly at the hand of legendary coach Vic Heylinger. Over the last half century, the tournament toured the nation; Duluth, Syracuse, Minneapolis, and other cold weather stadiums across the country hosted the College Hockey Championship.
In 1999, they changed the name to the Frozen Four because, well, that’s an awesome name and a take on the famous Final Four of college basketball. Then a year later, the tournament expanded the the 16 team tournament that is happening at the United Center April 6th and 8th.
How to Watch the Frozen Four
The two national semifinals of Minnesota-Duluth against Harvard and Denver versus Notre Dame will take place on April 6th. Both games will air on ESPN2. The winners will play for the national title on Saturday, April 8th, and it will be broadcast on ESPN.
You can still get tickets if you are in Chicago for all three games for under $200 which would be the cheapest hockey ticket in the United Center all year.