2014 Shillelagh Hockey Tournament
Compton Family Ice Arena is sure to be absolutely hopping once again this year
as the Shillelagh Tournament gets underway looking to bring some top-tier hockey to the good people of South Bend, Indiana.
Come out and see all of the crisp passes, net-ripping goals and spectacular saves that will have you jumping out of your seat
in no time. Once you're there in the middle of the big game with thousands of fans at your side, you'll see why this is an
annual tournament that is always chock-full of excitement that you're just not going to find anywhere else.
because college hockey can be as good as it gets if you love this sport. Though the pros are great too, there is something
extra special about a big-time hockey matchup when it's only university pride on the line, and soon you'll be clinging to
the edge of your seat as your favorite team digs in looking to put together a big win. As the game heats up coming down the
home stretch, the Shillelagh Tournament will speak for itself, which is why it's been a staple of the Notre Dame campus since
its inception during the 2008-2009 season.
Shillelagh Tournament Event Info
The shillelagh, pronounced
"shill-ay-lee," is a symbol of Notre Dame Irish pride that inspired the name for this exciting men's hockey tournament. Hosted
by the University of Notre Dame, it was named in honor of the Fightin' Irish, and you can be that their spirit is always present
on the rink during this exciting tourney. Though there was a brief period when it wasn't help, the Tournament was revived
in 2013-2014 in a very big way and now looks like it's here to stay, giving you plenty of reasons to head out and join in
the bone-jarring excitement first-hand as the Shillelagh Tournament gets underway at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
College Hockey Experience
College hockey has plenty of great games on the schedule each and every season, and
you need to see these guys first-hand to truly appreciate them. These are some of the best amateur hockey players in the entire
world, though that's something that you need to see for yourself to truly appreciate. Will you be there when your favorite
player shakes his man and slips it into the back of the net with a goal sure to be headed straight for the highlight reels?
With a mesmerizing tournament that is known for having all kinds of twists, turns and nail-biting moments, it simply doesn't
get any better than this if college hockey is your thing.
Shillelagh Tournament History
The 2009 Shillelagh
Tournament was actually the first of its kind, because before that, it was the Lighting College Hockey Classic in Florida.
Notre Dame won the inaugural Shillelagh and won the following year as well. The shillelagh much more than just a walking stick
as it that is inextricably linked to the folklore of Ireland. Many folk tales involve the shillelagh, which doubles as a weapon,
and was once used much in the same fashion as dueling pistols, to settle disputes in the olden days. But now it's mostly a
symbol of Ireland's past, and the nostalgia is front and center whenever the Shillelagh Tournament heats up and some of the
top players in college hockey are battling on the ice at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
Did you know that the methods of shillelagh fighting have developed over millennia?
If you're looking
for an old Irish symbol, it's hard to find something more iconic than the shillelagh. Historians believe that shillelagh fighting
techniques have actually developed over thousands of years, and all types of different groups have used the shillelagh to
honor Irish history. Not only has various military weaponry around the world been named in honor of the shillelagh but it's
even made appearances in movies like "Gangs of New York" and others. Put it all together and the shillelagh is the perfect
symbol of Irish heritage, making it a fitting centerpiece for a unique and exciting tournament like this one.
Imagine that the big game is coming down the home stretch in a matchup that has all the makings of
a classic, with the crowd's buzz steadily rising as the clock dwindles in the third period. Sure, you could catch the highlights
later, but there is nothing quite like actually being in the middle of the heart-pounding action as the Shillelagh heats up.
And even though it's the talent that gets you into the stands, it's the fans themselves that help to completely the atmosphere,
as there is nothing quite like being at Compton Family Ice Arena in the middle of a nail-biter alongside thousands of other
fans just as engaged as you are. Once that happens, you'll probably never be able to look at the home-viewing experience the
same way ever again.