Courtesy of Brown Sports Information
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA announced today that Brown University will host the 2013 NCAA Men's Hockey East Regional at Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center, marking the ninth NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament competition in Providence, but first since 2003. The Dunkin' Donuts Center, formerly known as the Providence Civic Center, has hosted the Frozen Four six times, and this will be the third time it has hosted regional competition.
"This is a tremendous win for the Authority, the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence," said James Bennett, chairman and CEO of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority. "Our staff and community partners did an outstanding job for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and we look forward to pulling out all of the stops this time around as well. We look forward to welcoming the country to Providence."
Brown has had plenty of NCAA hosting experience, running NCAA Championship events for men's soccer, men's lacrosse, and tennis among others and is excited about the opportunity to host this outstanding event.
"I am thrilled that the city of Providence and Brown University have been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Hockey East Regional," said Brown head coach Brendan Whittet. "Providence and Rhode Island will provide a wonderful backdrop for what is a premier sporting event. As a Rhode Island native, a Brown alum, and the Head Coach of the Brown Men's Hockey program, I am proud to state that through the support of Brown University and Jim Bennett we were able to win the bid to host what will be an outstanding weekend of NCAA Hockey. Rhode Island is a hockey state and now has the opportunity to host an elite hockey event in a great venue and a wonderful city."
"Brown is delighted to be hosting the 2013 Men's Hockey East Regional," said Brown Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger. "This is an outstanding opportunity for both Brown and the city of Providence."
Game dates and times have not been finalized, but will be held between March 29-31. The regional winner earns a trip to the 2013 Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA (April 11-13).
"The committee has placed an emphasis in the regional rounds on neutral-site buildings with NHL-size ice surfaces," said NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee Chairman Sean Frazier. "All of these facilities meet those standards, and we feel the arenas and hosts will be able to provide a tremendous championship opportunity for the student-athletes."
The NCAA also awarded 2013 men's hockey regionals to the University of New Hampshire (Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH), Bowling Green State University (Huntington Center in Toledo, OH), and the University of Michigan (Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI).