ESPN Announces 2018 NCAA Frozen Four Broadcast Schedule

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College basketball’s championship has officially been awarded and the season has come to an end once again.  Now with its finale has come and gone, it’s college hockey’s turn.

The NCAA’s Frozen Four has officially been set, and two of the teams in this year’s Frozen Four are some familiar names — Michigan and Notre Dame.  The other two teams that round out this year’s semifinal round are Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State.

Semifinal coverage starts on the ESPN networks starts this Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 as the Bulldogs take on the Buckeyes vie for one of the two spots in this year’s college hockey championship. The other pairing hits the ice later that night at 9:30 ET on ESPN2.

The winners of those two semifinal matchups will take to the ice for the NCAA college hockey championship Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.  John Buccigross, barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich will have the call for the sixth consecutive year at this year’s championship countdown.

2018 marks the second consecutive year that the Bulldogs have made an appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four.  Minnesota Duluth made it all the way to the championship round last season.  For the Buckeyes, this year is the first year since 1998 that the team has been part of the Frozen Four.

Notre Dame is a hands on favorite to win this year’s tournament, having already made it into the Frozen Four last year and into the overall college hockey championship over the past two years straight.  The Fighting Irish also won the Big Ten regular season championship and the conference tournament, leading to a #2 overall seeding for the college hockey championship tournament.

Michigan is making its 25th appearance in the Frozen Four this year, but its first since 2011.  The school already has nine college hickey national championships to its credit, but hasn’t actually won the title since 1998, giving the Wolverines plenty to play for this year.

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ESPN Releases Broadcast Schedule For 2016 Frozen Four Tournament

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The 2015 – 2016 college basketball season is all but wrapped up after Monday night’s men’s championship matchup between Villanova and UNC.  Tonight the women get their turn as UConn and Syracuse face off for their title.  College basketball may be getting all of the attention but it’s not the only sport that is wrapping up its season.  The annual “Frozen Four” tournament wraps up the 2015 – 2016 college hockey season this weekend.  And ESPN will have full coverage of the annual tournament.

Denver, North Dakota, Boston College, and Quinnipiac will vie for the NCAA college hockey title in this year’s Frozen Four.  The 2016 tournament will be carried across a number of ESPN’s platforms live from the site of the tournament, Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.  The tournament will be held this Thursday, April 7th and Saturday, April 9th.  Top-seeded Quinnipiac will take on Boston College in the first of the semi-final matchups Thursday at 5pm ET.  No. 3 seed North Dakota will take on the Pioneers of Denver in Thursday’s second game.  That game is scheduled for an 8:30pm ET start time.  The winners of those games will face off in the Frozen Four Championship match Saturday night at 8pm ET.

John Buccigross and Barry Melrose will have the call for all three of this weekend’s games.  Quint Kessenich will be between the benches for all of the games’ latest news and interviews.  Victoria Arlen makes her debut with the team this year.  She is a former Paralympian Gold Medalist.  She joined ESPN in 2015 and regularly reports for espnW, X Games, and SportsCenter.  All three games in this weekend’s Frozen Four Tournament will be carried live on ESPN2 and online via ESPN3 Surround.  The streaming option allows fans to watch the game from ice level via a trio of robotic cameras that are placed on the glass around the rink.  The trophy presentation will be carried online exclusively on ESPN3.

Along with the exclusive ice-level coverage via ESPN3 Surround, the refs in each game will be wearing mics, letting audiences hear from them at various points throughout the final three games.  On the studio side, Steve Levy will anchor ESPN’s studio coverage of this weekend’s tournament.  From ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, CT.  He will be joined by college hockey analysts Sean Ritchlin and Dave Starman for additional commentary.  Fans can also follow all of the scores, news, and more via Twitter at http://twitter.com/NCAAIceHockey and http://twitter.com/hashtag/frozenfour.  More information on this year’s Frozen Four tournament is available online now along with all of the latest college hockey news at:

 

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ESPN Networks To Cover Entire 2015 Frozen Four Tournament

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Every year around this time, the annual “March Madness” tournament takes center stage in the sports world. Whether fans bleed blue, red, yellow, black, or any other color it seems that everybody is a basketball fan. This includes even people who would normally otherwise not watch basketball, college or otherwise. What fewer people realize is that another college sport kicks off its championship tournament this weekend. This weekend, the road to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four Kicks off.

The puck hits the ice for the road to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four this weekend. And fans will be able to catch every game across the ESPN family of networks. It all begins with regional play this Friday, March 27th. Coverage of the regional round runs through this Sunday, March 29th. Yale and #3 Boston University will open the Northeast Regional in Manchester New Hampshire Friday, March 27th. That game will be broadcast live at 2pm ET on ESPNU. Fans won’t have to change the channel after that game ends as Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth follow at 5:30 pm ET. The winners of those two games will meet in the Northeast Regional Final Saturday, March 28th at 5:30pm ET on ESPN2. Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe will have the call for both games.

The Western Regional Semi-final round opens Friday at 4:30pm ET on ESPN3. It features a matchup of Saint Cloud State and Michigan Tech. Over on ESPNU, Quinnipiac will take on North Dakota in the day’s other Western Regional semi-final matchup. The puck is expected to drop for that game at 8pm ET. The winners of that pair of games will face off in the Western Regional Final on March 28th at 9pm ET on ESPNU. Calling the games in the West will be Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin.

Over in the Midwest Rochester Institute of Technology will face #1 seed Minnesota State Mankato at 4pm on ESPNU on March 28th. That game will be followed up by a 7:30p matchup of Harvard and Omaha on ESPN3. The winners in those rounds will face off in the Midwest Regional Final on Mach 29th at 7:30pm. Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion will have the call for both Midwest Regional games.

The East Regional semi-final opens with Boston College taking on Denver March 28th at 3pm ET on ESPN2. Providence and #4 seed Miami (Ohio) will take to the ice in the second East Regional Semi-Final at 6:30pm ET on ESPNU. The winners of this regional will face off in the East Regional Final on March 29th at 5pm ET on ESPNU. ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross will be joined by lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose for coverage of the East Regional. And for the third year in a row, the pair will have the call for the Frozen Four. They will be joined by reporter Quint Kessinich for all of the latest news from the games.

The Frozen Four itself will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, MA with two of the semi-final matchups on April 9th on ESPN2. The first of the games will be at 5pm ET and the other at 8:30pm ET. The championship title game will be held Saturday, April 11th on ESPN at 7:30pm ET. Those with access to ESPN3 will be able to watch the game in ESPN3 Surround for both of the Frozen Four semis and for the championship game. ESPN3 Surround features alternate camera angles from those offered on ESPN’s other networks and natural sound. Every game in the 2015 Division I Men’s Hockey Championship is available online via WatchESPN as well as on television. Fans can check out the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey tournament bracket online at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/icehockey-men/d1/. The full broadcast schedule for the 2015 Frozen Four Tournament is listed below:

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Programming Schedule

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship — Regional Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators  Location Network
Fri, March 27 2 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal

Yale vs. No. 3 Boston University

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.  ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  8 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
Quinnipiac vs. No. 2 North Dakota

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sat, March 28 3 p.m. East Regional  –  Semifinal
Boston College vs. Denver

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center,  Providence, R.I. ESPN2
  4 p.m. Midwest Regional –  Semifinal
Rochester Institute of Technology
vs. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Final

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. East Regional – Semifinal
Providence vs. No. 4 Miami (Ohio)

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Semifinal
Harvard vs. Omaha

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPN3
  9 p.m. West Regional – Final

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sun, March 29 5 p.m. East Regional  –  Final

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Final

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena,  South Bend, Ind. ESPNU

 

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Location Network
Thurs, April 9 5 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 1

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Thurs, April 9 8:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 2

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Sat, April 11 7:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Championship Game

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN and ESPN3

 

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Frozen Four Coverage Skates Back To ESPN This Weekend

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The NCAA Men’s Division I College Basketball Championship is all over the airwaves during this time of year.  But it’s not the only college championship tournament going on.  Beginning this Friday, March 29th, the ESPN family of networks will air the annual NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional and Semi-Regional rounds live from four regional sites.  The networks—ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU—will also broadcast the Frozen Four and championship matches from Pittsburgh, PA.  The matches will also be carried on local syndication.  Those games carried on local syndication and on ESPN 3 will re-broadcast on ESPNU.

The brackets for the 2013 tournament were announced this past Sunday, March 24th on ESPNU.  Quinnipiac, Minnesota, UMass Lowell, and Notre Dame were each selected as number one seeds in their respective region.  ESPNU will air more than eight consecutive hours of non-stop college hockey during Regional matchups this weekend.  Friday and Sunday will each see a double header.  Viewers will get a triple header on Saturday.  Hockey analyst Dave Starman and Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos will be in studio to discuss and analyze the games. 

Coverage of this year’s NCAA Division I College Hockey Championship continues into April with coverage of the Frozen Four.  The Frozen Four matchups will air on ESPN2.  The championship will be aired on ESPN.  All coverage on television will also be available online and on mobile technology via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.  ESPN has been airing the NCAA Division I College Hockey Championship since 1980.  This year marks the ninth consecutive year that the ESPN family of networks will present all twelve games of the tournament.  The networks reached a deal last year that would keep the tournament on the ESPN family of networks through 2024.  A complete listing of this year’s tournament matchups is below.

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule:

Date Time Game Network
Fri, March 29 2 p.m. West Regional Semifinal Game 1: Yale vs. Minnesota (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Joe Davis & Sean Ritchlin
ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal Game 1: Wisconsin vs. UMass Lowell (Manchester, N.H.)
Clay Matvick & Jim Paradise
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  5:30 p.m. West Regional Semifinal Game 2: Niagara vs. North Dakota (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Joe Davis & Sean Ritchlin
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal Game 2: Denver vs. New Hampshire (Manchester, N.H.)
Clay Matvick and Jim Paradise
ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal Game 1** ESPNU
Sat, March 30 1:30 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 1: St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame (Toledo, Ohio)
Ben Holden & Darren Eliot
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  4 p.m. West Regional Final (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Joe Davis & Sean Ritchlin
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 2: Minnesota State Mankato vs. Miami (Ohio) (Toledo, Ohio)
Ben Holden & Darren Eliot
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  5:30 p.m. East Regional Semifinal Game 1: Canisius vs. Quinnipiac (Providence, R.I.)
John Buccigross & Barry Melrose
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  6:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Final (Manchester, N.H.)
Clay Matvick & Jim Paradise
ESPNU
  9 p.m. East Regional Semifinal Game 2: Union vs. Boston College (Providence, R.I.)
John Buccigross & Barry Melrose
ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. East Regional Semifinal Game 1** ESPNU
Sun, March 31 Noon Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 1** ESPNU
  2 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 2** ESPNU
  4 p.m. Midwest Regional Final (Toledo, Ohio)
Ben Holden & Darren Eliot
ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. East Regional Final (Providence, R.I.)
John Buccigross & Barry Melrose
ESPNU
Thu, April 11 4:30 p.m. Frozen Four: Semifinal 1 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Clay Matvick
ESPN2
  8 p.m. Frozen Four: Semifinal 2 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Clay Matvick
ESPN2
Sat, April 13 7 p.m. NCAA’s Men’s Division I Hockey Championship (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Clay Matvick
ESPN

 

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