Friday Feb. 20, 2015

The 13th Anniversary of the Heroes Hat Championship is set for Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 when No. 11 Quinnipiac hosts No. 13 Yale at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m. The game will be available on SNY, where available, and on TSN2 in Canada. 

This year's game will mark the ninth time the Bobcats and Bulldogs battle for the award with Quinnipiac winning six of the previous eight matchups, which included three ties. The Heroes Hat is presented to the winner of the last regular-season game on Quinnipiac's home ice, with the game at Yale's Ingalls Rink serving as the tie-breaker. 

The award was established in honor of those who risked or lost their lives following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It remembers Joseph Mascali (FDNY/Staten Island 5), father of Quinnipiac alumni Chris and Jenn Mascali.

The "Heroes Hat" will be presented to the winning team by Mrs. Lori Mascali and her daughter Katie, who lost their husband and father, Joseph, while he was attempting to save lives on September 11. Joseph was also the father of Quinnipiac freshman golfer, Chris Mascali '05, Jennifer Mascali '02 and current graduate Katie Mascali '14.

The UConn Hockey Family also was touched personally in the wake of the September 11 terrorists' attacks. Former Husky letterwinner Matt Jarret's (1996-2000) older sister Amy, 28, was a member of the United Flight Crew 175 that struck the second tower of the World Trade Center.

The Heroes Hat, created by Quinnipiac Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald, was originally presented to the winner of the Quinnipiac and UConn season series during its first four years from 2001-02 to 2004-05. The award was not presented during the 2005-06 season after Quinnipiac moved from Atlantic Hockey to ECAC Hockey. The Heroes Hat was revived the following year after bringing together new ECAC Hockey rivals, Quinnipiac and Yale.

At the time of the award's inception, Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said, "It is our hope that the Heroes Hat be a Connecticut sports tribute to the many heroes and their families involved in the September 11th tragedy."

Following the game, members of the Mascali family will be on hand to present the award to the winning team.

Heroes Hat History

Feb. 27, 2002 -- Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold and UConn head coach Bruce Marshall announce the inception of the Heroes Hat award presented annually to the winner of the season series between the two schools.

Members of the Mascali family present the Heroes Hat to former
Bobcats' captain Jamie Bates '08 after Quinnipiac defeated Yale, 5-1,
at the
TD Banknorth Sports Center during the 2007-08 season.

March 1, 2002 -- Quinnipiac wins the first-ever Heroes Hat award following a 6-2 victory over UConn. Head coach Rand Pecknold passes Jim Armstrong on the same night to become the university's all-time wins leader.

March 1, 2003 -- The Bobcats claim the second Heroes Hat award after beating the Huskies, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden.

Feb. 21, 2004 -- Quinnipiac makes it three Heroes Hat awards in a row after winning the season series with UConn 1-0-2. The Bobcats won the first game of the year, 4-2, before playing to 1-1 and 2-2 ties.

March 3, 2005 -- The Bobcats hit two milestones in one evening in a 4-2 victory over UConn. Quinnipiac claims its fourth consecutive Heroes Hat championship and clinches the Atlantic Hockey regular-season title.

2005-06 Season -- Heroes Hat not awarded.

February 2, 2007 -- After a one-year hiatus from the award following Quinnipiac's move to ECAC Hockey, the Bobcats remain the only keepers of the Heroes Hat after defeating Yale, 6-4, at the TD Bank Sports Center. The award is now given to the winner of the last regular-season meeting between the two schools.

February 8, 2008 -- Quinnipiac wins the Heroes Hat for the sixth time after defeating Yale, 5-1, in front of a record crowd of 4,213 fans at the TD Bank Sports Center. Bobcats Bryan Leitch, Dan Travis and Brandon Wong each register a goal and an assist in the game.

February 20, 2009 -- The third tie in the history of th e Heroes' Hat, and first against Yale, lands Quinnipiac it's seventh consecutive Hereos Hat after Bobcats' also defeated the Bulldogs earlier in the season at Yale's home rink. Chris Myers, Spencer Heichman and Greg Holt all score in the game.

February 27, 2010 -- Jean-Marc Beaudoin scores twice and Brandon Wong assists on three Quinnipiac goals as the Bobcats' tip nationally-ranked Yale, 4-3, for its eighth straight Heroes Hat championship.

February 18, 2011 -- First-year Bobcat Kellen Jones scores Quinnipiac's only goal in a 6-1 loss to nationally-ranked Yale. It is the first loss in Heroes Hat history for the Bobcats.

February 25, 2012 -- The third tie in the Heroes Hat's 10-year history fell on Feb. 25, 2012 when Quinnipiac and Yale skated to a 2-2 draw. Connor Jones had a goal and an assist while Loren Barron accounted for Quinnipiac's second goal. Matthew Peca assisted on both goals in the win. 

February 22, 2013 - Quinnipiac defeated Yale, 4-1, in front of a capacity crowd at High Point Solutions Arena, denying Yale of winning a third straight Heroes hat. Connor Jones had a goal and two assists while Sam Anas, Kellen Jones and Travis St. Denis also scored for Quinnipiac. 

November 9, 2013 - The fourth tie in Heroes Hat history landed on Quinnipiac's home date against Yale, with both ECAC Hockey teams skating to a 3-3 tie at High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats won the Heroes Hat with a 4-0 win at Ingalls Rink later in the season.

Heroes Hat Game-by-Game History

Score Heroes Hat Winner Loser
3/1/02 6-2
3/1/03 4-2 Quinnipiac UConn
2/21/04 2-2 Quinnipiac UConn (Quinnipiac won the season series, 1-0-2)
3/3/05 4-2 Quinnipiac UConn
2/2/07 6-4 Quinnipiac Yale
2/8/08 5-1 Quinnipiac Yale
2/20/09 3-3 Quinnipiac Yale (Quinnipiac won the season series, 1-0-1)
2/27/10 4-3 Quinnipiac Yale
2/18/11 6-1 Yale Quinnipiac
2/25/12 2-2 Yale Quinnipiac
2/22/13 4-1 Quinnipiac Yale
11/9/13 3-3  Quinnipiac Yale (Quinnipiac won the season series, 1-0-1)