Four of the five college hockey schools in the state of Minnesota unveiled the Northstar College Cup today, which begins play in January 2014 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The name was selected from a social media fan vote among a choice of eight names, and the name is inspired by the state nickname of the “North Star State.”
“When we began discussing this tournament, one of the things we knew we needed was a tournament name that would instantly catch the attention of college hockey fans in the state,” Minnesota associate athletic director and men’s hockey administrator Tom McGinnis said. “We feel that the North Star College Cup accomplishes that, and we are looking forward to a great event at Xcel Energy Center next January.”
The inaugural event is set for January 24-25, 2014 on the former site of the St. Paul Civic Center with Minnesota, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and Minnesota-Duluth set to participate. Bemidji State will be the odd team out in the event’s first year.
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