Catamount Cup Tickets
Catamount Cup Schedule
Once again it is time for the start of another thrilling college hockey season which means that the Catamount Cup is right around the corner. Short of the NCAA Tournament the Catamount Cup is the most exciting single day of the college hockey season. Since 1990 the University of Vermont has hosted a thrilling double header each year featuring some of the top teams in the country. NCAA hockey is a big deal in Burlington and tickets to see the Catamount Cup at Gutterson Fieldhouse always sell out quickly so be sure to get yours from StubHub as soon as possible.
This year the Catamount Cup will be held at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, December 28th and Monday, December 29th with the first game getting underway at 4:00 PM each day. The first day of the two day tournament will feature the Providence Friars taking on the UMASS Minutemen and the Air Force Falcons going up against the Vermont Catamounts. On Monday Air Force will face off against UMASS while Providence will take on Vermont. This is a one of a kind event that any college hockey fan will want to be a part of whether your favorite teams are participating or not.
Catamount Cup History
Since 1990 the Catamount Cup has been one of the biggest events of the year in Burlington, Vermont. Each year the Vermont Catamounts host three other teams in a two day round-robin tournament with the team with the best record laying claim to the championship. New Hampshire won the first two Catamount Cups and it was not until 2005 that the home team Vermont Catamounts finally claimed a championship. The Catamounts have now won five Catamount Cups, more than any other school while New Hampshire is second with three. The 2013 Catamount Cup was won by Vermont who also won in 2012 and will be looking to win for the third straight year in 2014. This year Providence will be participating in the Catamount Cup for the first time since 1997 while UMASS and Air Force will be part of the fun for the first time.
The Catamount Cup features teams representing two of the best conferences in all of college hockey. Providence, Vermont and UMASS are all part of Hockey East which has long been one of the most competitive college hockey conferences in the country and if you need any corroboration to that fact just ask any long time fan of any of the teams in Hockey East. The league was already one of the toughest in all of college hockey, but in 2011, to make the conference even better, Notre Dame announced that it was becoming a member, and is now Hockey East's only member not located in New England. Teams like University of Connecticut, Boston College, Massachusetts, Merrimack, Maine, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence, and Vermont make navigating your way through the Hockey East schedule a treacherous undertaking for every team looking to come out of the Hockey East regular season and playoffs unscathed. Air Force competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association which is is celebrating its tenth season in existence after breaking away from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to become an independent, hockey only conference. Hopefully for fans of the schools in the AHA, the 2014-2015 season will be the first in which a school representing the conference makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Teams like Canisus, Niagara, and Air Force have made the tournament the past few years but lost close games.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and Vermont Catamount fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at Gutterson Fieldhouse, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip to Gutterson Fieldhouse. The two day tournament that is the Catamount Cup is an unrivaled event for anyone who has ever even considered attending a college hockey game.
Although the first Catamount Cup was held in 1990, it has only been played 17 times. The tournament was at first held sporadically but has been held every season since 2005.