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Worcester’s DCU Center to Host 2018 NCAA Hockey Northeast Regionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

The DCU Center in Worcester has been selected by the NCAA to host the Division I men’s ice hockey northeast regional in March 2018. Holy Cross will serve as tournament hosts. 

Games will take place between March 23 and March 25. 

The announcement comes following the NCAA’s release of future division I championship sites through the year 2022. 

NCAA Hockey in Worcester

The Worcester arena has hosted the regionals in 13 previous years (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012). In 2012, the DCU Center broke the NCAA record for most hockey tournament games by any arena.

The 2018 event will mark the 6th Regional for Holy Cross as Host Institution while having also been the Host Institution for the 2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships First/Second Rounds at the DCU Center. 

 

Related Slideshow: A History of Hockey in Worcester

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1954-55

Worcester's 1st Pro Hockey Team, Worcester Warriors 

The Worcester Warriors played their first season as part of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The Warriors played their games at Worcester (Webster Square) Arena. 

In their first season, under Head Coach John "Hans" Marsden, the Warriors went 3-17 and finished in last place. 

Other Teams in the EHL that season included the Washington Lions, Clinton Comets, New Haven Blades and Baltimore Clippers. 

Photo is of Harold Songin, courtesy of EHL.com

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1955-56

Warriors Join Atlantic Hockey League 

After just one season in the EHL, the Warriors joined the Atlantic Hockey League for the 1955-56 season. 

However, the 1956 season would be the last season for the Atlantic Hockey League and in turn, the last season for the Warriors. 

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1978

Worcester Crusaders Youth Hockey is Established 

The Worcester Crusaders served as one of the oldest youth hockey organizations in the Massachusetts. 

The Crusaders competed in the New England Hockey League, one of the best youth hockey leagues in North America. 

For the 2011/12 season, the Crusaders sponsored 9 teams ranging from mite division to midget division. 

Photo courtesy of Crusaders website

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1994

The IceCats Come to Worcester 

The IceCats came to Worcester prior to the 1994-95 season and played their games at the Worcester Centrum. 

The IceCats went 24-45-11 in their first season and finished in 6th place in the conference. 

However, the IceCats would turn it around and make the playoffs in every season after that, except 2004-2005, but would never advance past the second round. 

Notable players from the IceCats include goaltender Dwayne Roloson, enforcer Sylvain Blouin, Steve Staios, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Nagy and Terry Virtue. 

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2005

Worcester IceCats are Moved to Illinois 

After the St. Louis Blues announced the sale of the IceCats in 2004, the team was moved prior to the 2005-2006 season to Peoria Illinois. 

The team was known was the Peoria Riverman from 2005-2013, and is currently known as the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. 

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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2006-07

Sharks Arrive in Worcester 

The Cleveland Barons were moved to Worcester and became the Sharks, the AHL Affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. 

The Sharks played their first home game on October 14 in front of a sold out DCU Center. 

In their first season, Worcester went 41-28-3 (OT Loss)- 8 (shootout Loss) and made the playoffs. The Sharks lost to the Manchester Monarchs in the first round. 

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2009-10

Sharks Have Most Successful Season 

Sharks had their best season in 2009-10 when they went 49-25-3-3 and finished in first place in the Atlantic Division. 

The Sharks made the playoffs but lost in the second round to the Manchester Monarchs. 

The captain of the team was Ryan Vescue and the Head Coach was Roy Sommer. 

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2012

Worcester Crusaders Merge With the Worcester Junior Sharks  

The two organizations combined bring in more than 550 kids and just over 92 USA Hockey certified coaches.

The Worcester Junior Sharks program is structured to allow each player to develop and test their skills at three distinct levels of competition (House, Travel and AAA Elite) 

For more information on the Junior Sharks, click here. 

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Jan. 29, 2015

AHL Announces Sharks are Moving to San Jose 

The American Hockey League announced that at seasons end, the Worcester Sharks would be packing up and going across country to become the San Jose Barracuda. 

The move was made so that the San Jose Sharks would be able to call up and send down players easier. 

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April, 25 2015

Sharks Play Final Home Game 

The Sharks played their final home game at the DCU Center and it was a playoff game. 

However, the Sharks would fall in the game 3-1 to the Hershey Bears in front of 4,045 at the DCU Center. 

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May 1, 2015

Sharks Play Final Game

In their final game, the Worcester Sharks lost 10-4 to the Hershey Bears, losing the playoff series 3-1. 

In 9 seasons in Worcester, the Sharks made the playoffs 4 times, never advancing past the second round. 

Notable players in Worcester Sharks history include Jonathan Cheechoo, Sandis Ozolinsh, Joe Pavelski and Claude Lemieux. 

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February 6-7, 2016

Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Hosts First Ever Pond Hockey Tournament

The Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Association held the First Annual Pond Hockey Classic, at Shrewsbury's historic Dean Park. 

The Worcester Junior Sharks were among 24 teams that participated the tournament. 

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February 8, 2016

ECHL Announces Team Coming to Worcester

The ECHL announced that the league's board of governors unanimously approved the new membership application from Worcester Pro Hockey LLC.

The first puck drop for the new franchise is set for the 2017-18 season, a season that also marks the 30th anniversary of the ECHL. 

The team name and logo will be announced at a fan fest that is set to take place on April 3, 2016, at the DCU Center.

 
 

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