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Pittsburgh Hosts First Frozen Four As NCAA Makes Push To Set Event In New Markets
Published April 11, 2013
NEW KIDS ON THE ICE: In Boston, Nancy Marrapese-Burrell noted Quinnipiac, UMass-Lowell, Yale and St. Cloud State are the "fresh faces in the 2013 Frozen Four." Three of the four teams "have never made it this far, and Yale’s only other appearance was in 1952." It is the "first time in NCAA Tournament history that the traditional super powers" -- Boston College, Boston Univ., Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Denver, Michigan, Maine and North Dakota, "which have 46 championships between them -- have been shut out" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/7). Also in Boston, Bob Ryan wrote the composition of the '13 Frozen Four "perfectly reflects the trend of 21st century college hockey, in which the traditional Midwestern state school powers ... have been threatened by the emergence of a seemingly endless stream of battling underdog schools with rather limited athletic budgets" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/7). In N.Y., Peter May notes Quinnipiac is sending "at least six buses loaded" with students to Pittsburgh. The school's allotment of 600 tickets "sold out in a day." Some students "camped out to ensure they were in line when the windows opened." Meanwhile, Yale has "scheduled a viewing party in the basketball gym with free T-shirts, soda and pizza" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/11).