WASHINGTON — After hosting a successful Frozen Four championship in 2012, Tampa hopes to land another NCAA hockey championship in the near future.
The Tampa Sports Commission submitted a bid to host the tournament and is one of the finalists to host the Frozen Four in either 2016, 2017 or 2018. The announcement will be made by the NCAA this afternoon, with 10 cities having been named as finalists for four championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
The other finalists are Boston, Brooklyn, N.Y., Buffalo, N.Y., Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Minn., and Washington.
When Tampa hosted the event at the Forum in April 2012, it was widely regarded as a success. Many participants came away from the weekend impressed with how well it was run as well as the support despite the event being held in a market without a Division I college hockey program.
“I think the city of Tampa really — it was amazing coming here and seeing how much support there was around this event,” Boston College G Parker Milner said after the 2012 championship game. “I think they did a great job with it.”
The host school that worked in conjunction with Tampa in 2012 was the University of Alabama-Huntsville, the closest Division I program to Tampa. But this time the University of Wisconsin would serve as the host school.
Tampa is hoping the impression left by the 2012 tournament will still be fresh in the mind of the host selection committee.
“We truly enjoyed our experience hosting the Frozen Four in 2012 and we would love nothing more than to welcome the event back to Tampa Bay in the near future,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Sports Commission, who was a part of the last successful bid to bring the Frozen Four to Tampa. “The NCAA selected 10 very strong finalists for the four years they are awarding and it would be an incredible moment for our sports community if we’re honored with the opportunity to host again.”
No bid was submitted to host the 2015 Frozen Four as the Forum will host the NCAA Women’s Final Four in basketball.
Yzerman to skate
After stating on several occasions he had not thought much about participating in the Winter Classic Alumni Game, Tampa bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman committed to participating with the Detroit Red Wings alumni team on New Year’s Eve at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The Red Wings alumni will face off against a group of alumni players from the Toronto Maple Leafs, which will include former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk and current Tampa Bay assistant coach Steve Thomas.
The Red Wings made the announcement on Tuesday.
“It’s a big event and I feel it is a great celebration of the history, not only of the Red Wings, but of the Toronto Maple Leafs as well,” Yzerman told the NHL Network while attending the Board of Governors meeting in California.”Having played in Detroit for such a long time, I felt that it was appropriate to be a part of that.’’
Nuts and Bolts
RW Dana Tyrell was scratched for Tuesday night’s game against the Capitals, and RW Richard Panik returned to the lineup after being a scratch the previous two games. ... LW Pierre-Cedrick Labrie did not skate Tuesday after feeling ill. He remains on injured reserve with an upper body injury. ... Tampa Bay scored a first-period goal on the road for the first time since Nov. 12 in Montreal. ... The Lightning recorded multiple power-play goals in the same game for the fifth time this season. ... RW Alex Ovechkin became the Capitals’ all-time leading power-play scorer, passing Peter Bondra. ... Washington has scored three or more goals in the second period eight times this season.