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Buffalo is a finalist to host NCAA Frozen Four between 2015 and '18

By John Vogl

The Frozen Four came to Buffalo in 2003. There's a good chance the college hockey championship could be back again soon.

The NCAA has released the host site finalists for its 2014 to 2018 national championships, and Buffalo is one of 10 cities on the list for ice hockey. Canisius College, Niagara University and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference would serve as hosts for the games in First Niagara Center.

The other cities that made the cut for the Frozen Four (which will be held each spring from 2015 to '18) are Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Minn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington.

A committee made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA schools and conferences will select the winning sites, which must then be approved by a divisional championships cabinet. The site announcements will be made Dec. 11.

“We had a tremendous response to the request for bids, which made this an extremely difficult process for our sports committees,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. “We really feel these sites will all provide a tremendous experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. Therefore, there will be some really difficult decisions by the sport committees coming up as they determine who will ultimately host the championships.”

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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