Weekly Release: UMass Lowell Claims Third Hockey East Tournament Title
River Hawks, Terriers, Irish, Friars, Headed for NCAA Tournament
Player of the Week C.J. Smith of UMass Lowell

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: UMass Lowell captured the third Hockey East Tournament Championship in program history Saturday night, downing Boston College, 4-3, at TD Garden. It was the fifth consecutive Hockey East Tournament title game appearance for the River Hawks ... UMass Lowell junior forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa) was named Hockey East Tournament MVP after racking up three points (1g, 2a) in the championship contest. Smith was also named to The 2017 Steve Nazro All-Tournament Team, joined by teammates Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.), Michael Kapla (Eau Claire, Wis.), and Joe Gambardella (Staten Island, N.Y.), and Boston College's Scott Savage (San Clemente, Calif.) and Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) ... For Hockey East teams were named to the field of 16 for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including UMass Lowell, Boston University, Notre Dame, and Providence. The four selections from Hockey East is tied for the most of any college hockey conference this season ... UMass Lowell and Notre Dame will travel to Manchester, New Hampshire to take on Cornell and Minnesota, respectively, in the Northeast Regional, while Providence plays host to Harvard in Providence for the East Regional, and Boston University travels west to Fargo, North Dakota to compete in the West Regional against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The winners advance to the 2017 Frozen Four to be held in Chicago, April 6-8 ... At Thursday's annual awards banquet, Hockey East announced the annual All-Tournament Team will be renamed after Steve Nazro, the longtime vice president of events at TD Garden. Nazro has been a driving force behind the Beanpot and Hockey East Tournaments during his time with the TD Garden.