Fenway Park is one of the most sacred sporting stadiums in the country, and is especially special to those native to the New England region. Eight Hockey East teams will play on consecutive Saturdays at the beginning of January. Most of those teams will be represented by players and coaches who cherish the opportunity to play at the home of the Boston Red Sox.
Merrimack senior Mike Collins is one of those local players who is excited about the chance to play a hockey game at the famed ballpark. "It's pretty neat with growing up here watching the [Red Sox]. Even today just being out on the field is special. Playing the game that I love out here will be something words can't describe."
UMass-Lowell senior Joseph Pendenza who grew up just north of Boston said he is thrilled to lace up the skates for the River Hawks game against Northeastern. "I've been here a lot [watching the Red Sox play] with friends and family members. It's going to be pretty cool to go out and skate out there and see the Green Monster and Pesky's Pole," said Lowell's leading returning scorer.
The first two Saturdays in January will be special for college hockey fans in New England, but they will be a lifelong memory for the players and coaches of the eight teams playing. Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna announced that all four games would be televised on New England Sports Network (NESN).
Saturday, January 4
4:00 p.m. Providence vs. Merrimack
7:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Boston College
Saturday, January 11
3:00 p.m. Northeastern vs. UMass-Lowell
6:30 p.m. Maine vs. Boston University
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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.