Briefs: MassMutual Center in Springfield to host 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional

Published: 10/14/2020 4:54:52 PM
MassMutual Center to host 2024 NCAA D-I Hockey Regional

The NCAA announced Wednesday that the MassMutual Center in Springfield has been selected to host a 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional, marking the first time the event has been held at the MassMutual Center.

American International College and the University of Massachusetts will serve as host schools for the event.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Regional Ice Hockey Championships in 2024,” Sean Dolan, general manager of the MassMutual Center, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to partnering with both the University of Massachusetts and American International College as we welcome hockey fans to western Massachusetts, where we have established a winning tradition.”

The two-day regional will feature four teams competing in two first-round games, with the winners advancing to the regional final the following day. The winner of the regional final will advance to the 2024 Frozen Four, which will be held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with American International College and the MassMutual Center for a 2024 Regional,” said UMass Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford in a statement. “We have been privileged to see firsthand the passion that fans in this region have for college hockey, and we are looking forward to playing a part in hosting a first-class event in Springfield during one of the most exciting weekends on the college hockey calendar.”

Providence, Rhode Island, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Maryland Heights, Missouri, were also selected as regional sites in 2024.

“We are thrilled to be awarded the bid for the Division I Ice Hockey Championship with UMass and the MassMutual Center for 2024,” said AIC Interim Director of Athletic Jessica Chapin in a statement. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to add to the storied history of hockey in the Springfield, Massachusetts area.”

Harris Hill Ski Jump cancels 2021 event

Vermont’s Harris Hill Ski Jump has canceled its February 2021 competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will plan for a centennial celebration in 2022.

“We considered the enormous health risks to the jumpers, coaches and judges coming from around the country and overseas,” event co-directors Kate McGinn and Liz Richards said in a joint statement. “Those risks would extend to the hundreds of volunteers who staff the competition and the thousands of spectators who come from all over New England.”

Since 1922, the event has attracted ski jumpers from North America and Europe who leap off a 90-meter hill that’s New England’s only Olympic-size venue and one of just six of its size in the country.

“Planning for an event of this scope would normally start this month, but we feel that it would be irresponsible to begin efforts based upon hope that a vaccine would render everyone safe in time,” McGinn and Richards said.

The event has been cancelled 10 times in its history, either for lack of snow, World War II or, most recently, to rebuild the hill to international competition standards.

Softball fundraiser Dingers For Dollars

The Valley Storm Softball Organization is holding a fundraiser during October to help raise organizational funds and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.

There are several ways to donate:

■ Donate a flat fee toward the fundraiser.

■ Sponsor a player and pay per home run that player hits.

■ Sponsor a team and pay per homer that team hits (example: 12U team hits 20 HRs and you sponsor $1 per, you owe $20).

■ Sponsor the entire organization and pay per homer hit during the event.

All collections are due by Oct. 31. Payments will be accepted through PayPal, Venmo, or checks payable to Valley Storm Softball Inc., PO Box 363, Greenfield, MA 01302.

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