Is your NCAA Tournament bracket busted? Has Hockey Christmas quickly turned into Hockey Passover? Is your state not in the tournament for the first time since 1979? Well, I present the 2013 NCAA Hockey Christmas Tournament Challenge.
Instead of picking a bracket, which you can do and I am sure someone, say, Mark Coen, will be more than happen to accept your bracket, in this Tournament Challenge, you pick four schools. Any four schools in the tournament. You want to pick all one seeds? You can do that. You want to pick four schools all in the same region? You can do that? You pick four teams. For each round that a team wins, you multiply their seed by their round score. Round scores are:
Regional Semi-Final: 1 point
Regional Final: 4 points
National Semi-Final: 8 points
National Championship: 32 points
So, if you would like to play, just submit to me, via message, in the comments below, or by some other means, by Friday at noon, your four teams. No money, no prizes, just for pride. Also, please, by all means, tell your friends.
Enjoy, and a Merry Hockey Christmas to all!
NORTHEAST (Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, N.H.)
(NE1) UMass Lowell vs. (NE4)Wisconsin
(NE2) Denver vs. (NE3) New Hampshire
EAST (Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence, R.I.)
(E1) Quinnipiac vs. (E4) Canisius
(E2) Boston College vs. (E3) Union
MIDWEST (Huntington Center - Toledo, Ohio)
(MW2) Miami vs. (MW3) Minnesota State
(MW1) Notre Dame vs. (MW4) St. Cloud State
WEST (Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
(W1) Minnesota vs. (W4) Yale
(W2) North Dakota vs. (W3) Niagara
The Northeast and West brackets will open play on Friday, while the other two uncap the semifinals on Saturday. Winners in each bracket will advance to the Frozen Four, which will be held April 11 and 13, for the first time at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
West and Northeast play in one National Semi-Final, East and Midwest play in the other.