The Maine Sports Commission is excited to be a part of the latest announcement from the NCAA. The NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Committee has selected Lewiston, Maine as the site for the 2014 championship finals. Hosted by Bowdoin College, the semifinals and final will take place at Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston on March 21-22, 2014.
The 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship will be the first time the finals have ever been held in Maine. The bid for the event was jointly submitted by the Maine Sports Commission and Bowdoin College.
"Everyone involved recognized the significance of hosting the championship event in Maine and the tremendous impact it would have on the area's storied hockey heritage as well as the local economy," states Maine Sports Commission Executive Director Kerry Hoey.
According to Hoey, the collaborative effort that took place was key in bringing the event to Maine. The Maine Sports Commission worked closely with not just Bowdoin College, but the management of the Androscoggin Back Colisee, the Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, and the Maine Lakes & Mountains Tourism Council. The economic development organizations of Lewiston and Auburn, the local hospitality industry and the network of hockey enthusiasts all stood behind the Sports Commission's bid and are ready, willing and able to welcome the championships to Maine.
"Bowdoin is proud to be working with the Maine Sports Commission to bring the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship to Maine," said Bowdoin Interim Director of Athletics Tim Ryan in an earlier media release. "Few places can match the passion for the sport of ice hockey that Maine possesses, and we're looking forward to hosting a first-class event in this vibrant hockey community."
The Maine Sports Commission was created in early 2012 as a way to promote Maine as a four season destination for sports and sporting events. This national championship marks the first large scale, national-level event the Maine Sports Commission has secured for the state and will help bring more national awareness to the sports community in Maine.
"The stated mission of the Maine Sports Commission is to promote Maine as a destination for sports events, and to attract professional, collegiate, amateur and youth events to Maine.' Frankly, I can think of no clearer illustration of our mission than to work with the NCAA to host the 2014 NCAA DIII Men's Ice Hockey Championship in Lewiston/Auburn," says Maine Sports Commission President Russell Walters.
About The Maine Sports Commission: The Maine Sports Commission's primary goal is to strengthen efforts to attract national and regional sporting events to Maine, to increase Maine's share of the $7 billion sector. Through these efforts, the Maine Sports Commission aims to help the state and the citizens of Maine realize the positive economic impact and social benefits of sports and healthy lifestyles.