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Micaela Long relax at Fenway Park.
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BOSTON - The University of New Hampshire, with more wins than any other women's ice hockey program at 668 in its 32 years, will once again make history Jan. 8, 2010, when the Wildcats face off against longtime nemesis Northeastern University at Fenway Park as part of a Hockey East doubleheader that was announced Thursday afternoon at the venerable ballpark, which is home to the Boston Red Sox of MLB. It will be a landmark event as the first outdoor game in women's college hockey.
"We're very excited to be here and participate," said UNH eighth-year head coach Brian McCloskey, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. "This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and a first-class event for the student-athletes, coaches and fans. I didn't grow up in this area, but you don't have to be from around here to realize how special all of this is here at Fenway Park and how special the games on January 8th will be."
The 110th meeting in the series between UNH and Northeastern - the ‘Cats boast a 73-28-7 record vs. the Huskies - is at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the men's matchup between Boston University and Boston College at 7:30.
New Hampshire has a storied history in women's ice hockey. In the early chapters, the Wildcats went undefeated in their initial 74 games (73-0-1) spanning the 1978 through 1982 seasons. In another chapter of UNH hockey, the ‘Cats won the inaugural women's ice hockey championship (sponsored by the American Women's College Hockey Alliance) in 1998 at the FleetCenter (now TD Garden) in Boston.
UNH's history includes four consecutive EAIAW titles from 1980-83 and five ECAC titles (1986-87-90-91-96). In that 1998 season, Brandy Fisher won the inaugural Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top women's collegiate player and four Wildcats were members of the 1998 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team. The program boasts a total of 11 Patty Kaz Top 10 Finalists and 10 All-America selections, and the ‘Cats have won each of the last four Hockey East tournaments with Frozen Four appearances in 2006 and 2008.
Northeastern also has a rich tradition of women's ice hockey. The Huskies won three ECAC titles and have captured a record 14 Beanpot championships, including eight in a row from 1984-91.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 17 beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets for the double-header will start at just $5. For more information on the event and details regarding ticket availability, please log on to www.tickets.com/fenwayhockey.
"We are very excited to bring college hockey to Fenway Park in this once in a lifetime event. It's great for the growth of the sport, as we have seen what the Winter Classic has done for the NHL and its fans," Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna said.
"We are really excited to host the very best of college hockey talent next January at Fenway Park as part of the Hockey East at Fenway doubleheader," Fenway Sports Group President Sam Kennedy said. "As a born and bred New Englander myself who grew up playing hockey, I am eager to watch the UNH and NU women's hockey teams face off against each other along with the last two NCAA men's ice hockey champions, BC and BU, renew their storied rivalry in the shadow of the Green Monster."