INDIANAPOLIS– Senior defenseman Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team was recently added to the East’s squad for the 2009 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Washington, D.C. at Verizon Center on Friday, April 10.
Fritsch joins UNH woman’s player Sam Faber, who was selected to compete in the Skills Challenge back in early March.
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.
Requirements for selection to the team consist of all players having exhausted their collegiate eligibility and a nomination 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 Bauer Hockey.
"This is truly a showcase of the top seniors across all of college hockey," said Steve Cady, chair of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and senior associate athletic director at Miami University (Ohio). "It has been an enjoyable experience for fans in the past, and Bauer Hockey and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance have committed a tremendous amount of resources to make this year the best skills challenge yet."
Tickets for the event are $10 and are on sale at the Verizon Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202/397-SEAT. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 7 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:30 p.m.