REGAN, GARLAND & HITCHCOCK NAMED TO FROZEN FOUR SKILLS CHALLENGE TEAM
INDIANAPOLIS– Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team along with Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) and Jennifer Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) of the women’s hockey team were among 32 eastern players selected to participate in the 2008 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Denver, Colorado at the Pepsi Center on Friday, April 11th.

Regan, an assistant captain of the Wildcats, recently became the program’s all-time leader in wins, saves, save percentage and games played. Regan is 12-0-1 in his last 13 games against league foes with three shutouts and no more than three goals allowing in a single contest during that stretch. In addition, he owns an current eight-game unbeaten streak and ranks second nationally in save percentage (.942) and third in win percentage (.780). Regan was also recently named a finalist for the Walter Brown Award.

Garland, a third-year captain of the Wildcats, ranks ninth in the NCAA in defensemen scoring at 0.75 points per game. She is second in Hockey East defensemen scoring with 21 points (3-18) in 28 games. Garland anchors UNH’s defensive unit and also logs innumerable minutes on the power play and penalty kill, both of which are ranked No. 1 nationally. Despite her amount of ice time, She has been whistled for just one penalty this season. Garland, an All-America First Team honoree in 2006, has also been honored as Hockey East Player of the Week (Nov. 19) and USCHO National Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 20) this season.

Hitchcock, whose lengthy list of collegiate accolades includes a 2006 RBK All-America selection (when she led the nation in points per game), leads thus year’s team in power-play goals (13) and is third in points (38) and for third in goals (19). She has an active eight-game point-scoring streak following last weekend’s action.

The competition will be conducted in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. An alternate list has been established in the event that players have to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments, such as their team’s participation in the Men's Frozen Four.

To be eligible, all players must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff. The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot. Each competitor will receive a complete set of equipment and a full uniform from Nike Bauer Hockey.

Tickets for the event are $10 and will go on sale March 1 at the Pepsi Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 303/830-8497. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 7 p.m. Mountain time and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 5:30 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:05 p.m. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge and the Hobey Baker Award will both be shown live on ESPNU.

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