Steve Hagwell, ECAC Commissioner, Ted Blazer, President and Chief Executive Officer of ORDA, Jim Goff, Director of Events, and Olympic Center Manager Denny Allen announced at a press conference on Aug. 14 the ECAC will be partnering with ORDA for the ECAC championships beginning March 2014.
The ECAC Hockey championships will return to Lake Placid.
The East Collegiate Athletic Conference reached a three year agreement with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority to conduct it’s annual men’s championship in Lake Placid Aug. 14.
“We felt in our hearts it would be great to come back here for the championship events,” ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell said. “It’s such a special place and the people in our league are excited about it.”
The ECAC Hockey boasts student-athletes and teams from 12 of the nations most prestigious institutions including; Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Rensselaer Polytechnic, St. Lawrence, Union, and Yale University.
Six different ECAC Hockey programs claimed championship titles when the marquee league event was previously held in Lake Placid with Clarkson in 1993 and 1999, Cornell in 1996 and 1997, Harvard in 1994 and 2002 and St. Lawrence in 2000 and 2001, earning multiple Whitelaw Cups; along with Princeton in 1998 winning the school’s first-ever title and Rensselaer in 1995.
“We are thrilled to partner with ORDA for our men’s championship beginning in March 2014,” Hagwell said. “The location serves as a prime choice for enhancing the overall student-athlete experience.”
Hagwell said the process of determining which facility would host the event was a long but good one. Though he would not say how many or which venues were considered for the games, in the end he said Lake Placid had everything the ECAC wanted in a home for the games. Not just the prime location in the heart of the Olympic Village, Hagwell said its the sustained enthusiasm of the people who live and visit the area that bring the games to life.
“If we want a home, this is a home for this league,” Hagwell said.