Chicago's first ever college hockey championship is almost here! The stage is set, and hockey fans across the country anxiously await the commencement of the 2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four.
Harvard and Minnesota Duluth will start the action at the United Center on April 6 at 5:00pm CT, followed by Denver and Notre Dame at 8:30pm. The victors of each semifinal will then compete for the national title on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm. Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
All of Chicago will be celebrating the Frozen Four, and in addition to the games on Thursday and Saturday there will be several great events and a FREE Frozen Fest for fans celebrating the spirit of college hockey.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Chicago's first ever Frozen Four, and click here for a full schedule of events.
Thursday, April 6 |
United Center doors open at 3:30pm
The Harvard Crimson will face the University of Minnesota Duluth in game one of the Frozen Four. 2017 will mark Harvard's first appearance since 1994, and they'll face stiff competition from the UMD Bulldogs, a team that punched their ticket to the United Center by first defeating Ohio State and then Boston University in back-to-back overtimes.
Thursday, April 6 | 7:30pm
The top-ranked Denver University Pioneers have had a commanding run to the Frozen Four, defeating Michigan Tech 5-2 in the first round of the college hockey tournament and Penn State 6-3 in the quarterfinals. But they'll have to face host institution Notre Dame, whose comeback defeat of #4 seed Minnesota in the first round followed by an overtime win over fellow Hockey East contender U-Mass-Lowell was a thrilling conclusion to the Northeast Regional.
3. Frozen Fest **FREE
April 6 | 2:30 - 8:30pm
Saturday, April 8 | 3:00 - 7:00pm
United Center, Lot C
Open to the public (free admission, no tickets required) and held before puck drop on Thursday and Saturday, Frozen Fest will be the place to be for all hockey fans young and old. The festival-within-a-festival will be packed with red carpet team arrivals, pep rallies, live music, giveaways, games, local food, special appearances and more. Frozen Fest will be outside the United Center in Lot C, near gate 2 & 3 off of Madison Avenue.
April 6 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Navy Pier, outside the AON Grand Ballroom
Head to Navy Pier for a chance to meet the student-athletes competing for college hockey's championship title. Also present will be the nominees for the Hobey Baker Award, the ceremony of which will follow the autograph session.
April 7 | 6:00pm
Navy Pier, AON Grand Ballroom
The Hobey Baker Award is awarded annually to the top NCAA men's ice hockey player. Named for amateur hockey player and World War I veteran Hobey Baker, there have been 35 recipients of the award since its inception in 1981. Proceeding the Hobey Baker will be the Hockey Humanitarian Award presentation and the AHCA All American Teams and Rookie of the Year announcement, which will begin at 5:15pm.
Saturday, April 8 | 7:00pm
United Center doors open at 6:00pm
Getting There: Public Transit
For game day on Thursday and Saturday, fans may take the following CTA buses to and from the United Center. For the most up-to-date transit information and status updates, please visit the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website.
- #19 United Center Express: The #19 Express will drop off and pick up will be located at Warren and Wood, 1 block north of Gate 3 and adjacent to Parking Lot C.
- #20 Madison: The #20 Madison will operate westbound via Ashland-Washington-Damen, and operate eastbound via Damen-Warren-Ashland. For passengers going to and from the United Center, Madison and Damen will likely be the most convenient location. Passengers would also be able to request a stop along Washington or Wood and walk 1-2 blocks south to the United Center.