The 2012 Frozen Four kicks off this afternoon in Tampa Bay, Florida. This is the first time the tournament to determine the NCAA Hockey champion will be contested in a southern city.
The tournament is not expected to sell-out. As of this morning, plenty of tickets were still available, so if you are in the area you can check out the action.
The 1,200 mile distance from Tampa to the closest school that is playing in the Frozen Four has helped to slow ticket sales that are generally much more robust when the Frozen Four is played in the Northern half of the country.
If you can't make it to the games there is still an opportunity to watch all the action on television.
The first semifinal will be played at 4:30 p.m. features Union College from Schenectady, N.Y. against Big Rapids Michigan's Ferris State. Both schools are unknowns, even in the relatively small community of college hockey and both are in their first Frozen Four in school history.
The Union, Ferris State game will be televised on ESPN U and on ESPN 3, the networks streaming site.
The other semifinal, two of college hockey's greatest powers will square off. Top overall seed Boston College will take on Minnesota at 8 p.m. BC has won their last 17 straight games and looks primed to take a run at their fourth title since 2001, and their third in the last five years.
Minnesota is no slouch themselves with five national titles in program history. Their last two came in back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003. The Golden Gophers are led by sophomore Erik Haula who has 20 goals and 28 assists in 42 games this season.
The BC, Minnesota game will air on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m., it will also be shown on ESPN 3.
The finals will be played on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.