INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- The NCAA Div. I Ice Hockey Committee and the University of New Hampshire have announced that UNH has been awarded the men's hockey Northeast regionals for 2004 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

"The selection of the Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena and UNH as the host for the NCAA regionals in 2004 is a very significant one," said UNH athletic director Marty Scarano. "First it re-affirms our role in the world of collegiate hockey as a leader and premier program. Secondly, The Verizon Wireless Arena and the city of Manchester have been recognized for building an outstanding facility and the ability to host a national caliber collegiate event. We are very proud of being chosen and will be committed to doing a first rate presentation. There is a lot of work ahead for all but we can't wait to get started."

The winner of the Northeast region will play in the 2004 Frozen Four at the FleetCenter in Boston, Mass. The four teams will be competing at the Northeast region with two games on March 27 and the regional final on March 28. The Midwest regional will be in Grand Rapids, Mich., which was the other site added for the 2004 tournament.

"It's a credit to the University and the state of New Hampshire with the enthusiasm they have for college hockey," said Coach Dick Umile. "The Verizon Wireless Arena, our loyal fans and their support for the game of hockey has made it possible to win this bid and host the NCAA regional tournament. Our experience in Manchester has been great and we look forward to a strong relationship with them."

The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will play two regular season contests at the Verizon Wireless Arena in 2002-2003. On Wednesday, January 15 the Wildcats face off against intrastate rival Dartmouth College and on Saturday, February 1 the 'Cats take on the Maine Black Bears. The first college hockey game at the Verizon Wireless Arena was played last season between UNH and Dartmouth on Thursday, December 13, 2001. UNH won the game 6-3 in the battle for the first annual Riverstone Trophy.

The NCAA Ice Hockey Committee also announced the additional regionals for 2003 would be in Providence, R.I. (East) and Minneapolis, Minn. (West).

2003 Regionals
Region Site Selected Dates of Competition
Northeast Worcester, Mass. March 28-29 (previously selected)
East Providence, R.I. March 29-30
Midwest Ann Arbor, Mich. March 29-30 (previously selected)
West Minneapolis, Minn. March 28-29

2004 Regionals
Region Site Selected Dates of Competition
Northeast Manchester, N.H. March 27-28
East Albany, N.Y. March 26-27 (previously selected)
Midwest Grand Rapids. Mich. March 27-28
West Colorado Springs, Col. March 26-27 (previously selected)

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