Boston’s unofficial city championship is the longest running and premier college hockey tournament in the nation. Having these four schools, all located within five miles of each other, competing annually would alone make for a compelling tournament. Add in the fact that these teams are regulars in the national rankings, and you have a college hockey fan’s dream tournament. The Beanpot is a bucket list item for any serious hockey fan, whether or not you even follow college hockey.
Many buildings use the term “historic” as a synonym for “old.” Matthews Arena truly presents as the former, even as it continues to function as the oldest rink still being used in the world. Renovations have kept the facility up-to-date without sacrificing the historic features of the rink.
The facility is home to the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens men’s and women’s ice hockey teams competing at the club level. The men’s team competes at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I level in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League; while the women’s team competes at ACHA Women’s Division II level in the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference. It is also home of the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club and University of Delaware Synchronized Skating Club.
Although the Yost Ice Arena originally opened in 1923 and was named after legendary Michigan Football coach Fielding Yost, the home of the Wolverines hockey program now shares its named after Red Berenson, the legendary hockey coach who racked up 848 wins from 1984 to 2017.
Brown University struggles to carve out its own identity in hockey-mad Rhode Island. Meehan Auditorium, in use for well over fifty years, gives you exactly what you would expect from an Ivy League hockey rink. It’s uniquely designed, it’s historic and the game day presentation is reserved and almost scholarly in nature. You won’t get modern amenities and a lively game day atmosphere here on Providence’s East Side, but Meehan Auditorium is one of those old barns that make hockey journeys special.
Boston has no shortage of choices for the college hockey fan, with eleven Division One clubs located within an hour of the city. Even with all these choices, Agganis Arena and Boston University stand head and shoulders above them all. In a city that bleeds Bruins’ black and gold, there is a corner of the city along Commonwealth Avenue that proudly sports red and white.