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PPL Center to host NCAA ice hockey regionals

PPL Center to host NCAA ice hockey regionals PPL Center to host NCAA ice hockey regionals
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:13

The NCAA announced the host sites for both the Men's and Women's Frozen Fours for 2019-2022 on Tuesday. The NCAA also announced more than 600 sites for preliminary and finals of championships in Division 1, 2, and 3 from 2017-2022 for all sports.

"Following the success of hosting the American Hockey League's All Star Classic this past January, this is another tremendous opportunity to showcase PPL Center and the entire Lehigh Valley to hockey fans across the world", said Jim Brooks, owner, BDH Development and Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

In a statement released on QuinnipiacBobcats.com, Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics & Recreation Greg Amodio said, "We are honored to be chosen as hosts of the NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship for the second time".

The event will be held at the PPL Center, which was opened in 2014. In 2019, Manchester, New Hamphsire, and Providence, Rhode Island, will host men's hockey regionals. The NCAA hockey selection process for the 16-team field is a cold and lifeless computer model that is well-known and followed completely. Holy Cross will host a 2018 regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., and Fairfield and Yale will cohost a 2018 regional at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

Penn State will host the National Collegiate Fencing Championships on March 25-28, 2021 in the Multi-Sport Facility. Another suggestion was to have one division named "South" and the other one "Souther.' I guess we can't throw stones, you know, with the whole 'Legends and Leaders" deal. ME hasn't hosted an NCAA hockey tournament game since the regional format was introduced in 1992. The Nittany Lions most recently hosted the NCAA men's and women's cross country mid-Atlantic regional last fall.

The first weekend of the NCAA hockey tournament is held at four off-campus locations and a nearby school is selected to be the host of the tournament. "The last time we hosted in 2009 it was a big hit".