Frozen Four: Your preview to the NCAA hockey championships in Pittsburgh


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The NCAA hockey championship skates into Pittsburgh this week at the Consol Energy Center. This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette special section gives you the complete rundown on the season's final rounds.

COVER STORY

The NCAA men's hockey championships have come a long way from the days when it fit in a Colorado riding stable. This weekend, as it arrives in Pittsburgh for the first time in its 65-year history, it fills NHL arenas while becoming one of the hottest tickets in college athletics.

The Frozen Four's debut at Consol Energy Center caps a yearslong process to secure the city's first NCAA championship.


For the Mt. Lebanon native and Yale's top center, his love of hockey is linked to seeing a historic Lemieux goal.


THE BLOG: ROAD TO THE FROZEN FOUR

The Post-Gazette's Jenn Menendez and Sam Werner blog about college hockey in the lead-up to the Frozen Four, tracking teams near and far in their quest for the title.


THE GAMES

A scouting report for the game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, to be aired on ESPN2.

By the middle of February, Connor Hellebuyck, in his first season in college hockey, had seized the River Hawks' starting spot in net.

A scouting report for the game at 8 p.m. Thursday, to be aired on ESPN2.

The overarching story surrounding the 2013 Frozen Four has been about the historical underdogs finally getting their chance to rise up and capture the sport's ultimate prize.

Putting the spotlight on a half-dozen players who could be expected to make an impact this weekend.

Two of the three candidates for the Hobey Baker Award are still alive in the Frozen Four, and they face off in the semifinals.

It's not just the Penguins -- hockey history in Pittsburgh goes back 118 years.

VISITORS GUIDE TO PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh's restaurant scene is experiencing unprecedented growth, so you're likely to find a variety of interesting dining spots.

National Geographic Traveler magazine named Pittsburgh one of the 20 top places in the world to visit in 2012 -- here are some reasons why.

In addition to the games, Frozen Four weekend will feature plenty of other festivities.

There are lots of options for getting around Downtown Pittsburgh, including some that are free.

There are limited tickets available for the Frozen Four this weekend, but that doesn't mean interested fans can't find tickets elsewhere.

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First Published April 10, 2013 4:00 AM


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