NCAA EAST HOCKEY REGIONAL ALBANY
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NCAA East Hockey Regional Albany Tickets
Event: NCAA Tournament East Regional
Tier: Division I
Location: Varies by year
NCAA East Hockey Regional TicketsThe East regional is the first stop of the NCAA Hockey Tournament on the road to the championship game. Played every year in a different East Coast state, the East is one of four regional locations (along with the Northeast, the Midwest and the West). The NCAA has changed the format several times throughout its history. Back in 1948, when the tournament first began, only four teams participated. However, as the field has expanded, so has the size of the bracket. The concept of separate regions was first introduced in the 1990s with East and West regions. The modern format with four separate regions (similar to the college basketball tournament) was adopted in 2003. If you want to catch the very best of college hockey, then you can purchase NCAA East Hockey Regional tickets at StubHub.
Who participates in the East Regional tournament?The participants depend entirely on the NCAA selection committee. Every year the committee selects 16 teams to compete for the postseason championship. This includes six automatic conference champions (almost always determined by the winner of the conference tournament) and 10 at-large selections, which are chosen based on an established formula and ranking system. The selection committee places four teams in a single region. These teams are seeded one to four based on their rankings. The committee does take geography into account when placing teams in a region, but other factors come into play as well. For example, the committee tries to avoid intra-conference matchups in the first round. That means any team in the NCAA Tournament could conceivably be selected to play in the East.
What is the format of the East Regional?Each NCAA East Hockey Regional schedule is comprised of two rounds that take place on back-to-back days. The four teams of each region compete in the first round of regional semifinals with the first seed against the fourth and the second seed against the third. The two winners from the first round then advance to play in the regional finals. The winner of the regional final is one of four teams to make the Frozen Four during April. All games adhere to a single-elimination format.
Where does the East Regional take place?The 2020 East Regional events will take place at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, between March 28th and 29th. The arena previously hosted the East Hockey Regional every other year in the 1990s and 2000s and again in 2016. The Eastern College Athletic Conference will serve as the host of the 2020 tournament games. The 2021 East Regional will take place at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., between March 26th and 27th. Sacred Heart and Yale will serve as the co-hosts.
Who was the winner of the previous East Regional?The 2019 East Regional took place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. During the first round of games, the Providence Friars beat the Minnesota St. Mavericks 6-3, and the Cornell Big Red beat the Northeastern Huskies 5-1. Providence triumphed over Cornell 4-0 to win the region and to advance to the Frozen Four. Scott Conway, Brandon Duhaime, Greg Printz and Josh Wilkins all scored goals in the victory.
What is the East Regional like?The configuration of the East Regional changes every year based on the location and the teams. Since the venues are chosen before the start of the season, the games tend to have a neutral site atmosphere, unless one of the local teams happens to be playing. However, teams may have specific events planned for their fans who travel to the game. Get your NCAA East Hockey Regional tickets, and more, at StubHub.
Which events are similar to the East Regional games?If you enjoy the East Regional, then you might want to check out the Frozen Four at the end of the season. During the week-long celebration, the NCAA crowns a national champion and hands out annual awards to the best players.
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