Frozen Four at already sold out

ST. PAUL -- The return of the NCAA men's Frozen Four to
Minnesota is still eight months away, but it's already a sellout.

The ice hockey championships, which will be held April 4 and 6
at Xcel Energy Center, were sold out in advance for the fifth time
in the last six years and for the third year in a row at such an
early date.

"The entire NCAA college hockey community is very pleased that
St. Paul and the Xcel Energy Center have continued the sellout
streak," said Jack McDonald, director of athletics at Quinnipiac
University and incoming chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice
Hockey Committee. "College hockey has set many attendance records
the past three years, showing the sport's incredible growth."

Fans who attended previous Frozen Fours were given priority
status, based on the number of ticket purchases made during the
last five years. Seat locations also were arranged on a priority

A total of 6,092 tickets were sold to individuals on the
priority list. The NCAA also received more than 11,000 additional
requests and nearly 3,900 were filled from the remaining general
public allotment.

This will be the eighth men's Frozen Four in Minnesota, which
will tie New York for second all-time behind Colorado's 14.
Minneapolis hosted in 1958 and 1966, Duluth in 1968 and 1981, and
St. Paul in 1989, 1991 and 1994 at the St. Paul Civic Center. The
University of Minnesota also was the host school for the inaugural
women's Frozen Four last March.