The Prep playoff route this year goes to Yale University, ironically the country’s oldest college hockey program. Founded in 1896, it was one of two representing the East at the 1952 national championships, before the NCAA adopted its current 16-team format.
Much of the team’s recent success is owed to coach Keith Allain, a Yale graduate who took over the program in 2006. The Bulldogs have made four NCAA tournament appearances in the past five years, versus two prior to Allain’s arrival.
“I truly thought that at Yale you could have the best of both worlds, the best education in the world and compete in hockey at the highest levels,” Allain told reporters last week. “So our mission is to consistently compete for championships.”
This is the same philosophy of the very prep teams coming here next weekend to compete for the Elite 8, Small and Large Championships.
Here are the teams loaded with players from our prestigious listing, with quarter finals at host schools or neutral sites, Semi finals and the Championships at Yale.
Elite 8 Stuart/Corkery Championship
Cushing at Salisbury, 3:30pm
Nobles at Phillips Exeter, 5:00pm
Berkshire at Thayer, 3:30pm
Gunnery at Kent, 3:30pm
Large School Tourney Martin/Earl Championship
Proctor at St. Paul’s, 3:00pm
Belmont Hill at Choate, 4:00pm
Loomis Chaffee at Northfield Mt. Hermon, 3:00pm
Taft at Phillips Andover, TBA
Small School Tourney Simmons/Piatelli Championship
Canterbury at Dexter, 4:00pm
Groton at Westminster, 3:30pm
Brooks at Rivers, TBA
Millbrook vs Kimball Union, at Deerfield, TBA