Minnesota to Host 2013 Ice Breaker Tournament
UNH, Clarkson, Mercyhurst Join Gophers to Open Season
CHN Staff Report
The 2013 Ice Breaker Tournament will take place at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis on Oct. 11 and 12, host institution Minnesota confirmed in a release on Friday.
New Hampshire, Clarkson and Mercyhurst will also play in the tournament that annually serves as the unofficial start of the college hockey season. UNH and Clarkson will play the first game, followed by Minnesota and Mercyhurst in the second game.
College Hockey Inc. will co-sponsor the event along with the University of Minnesota. Next season marks the 17th year that begins with the four-team tournament.
"Mariucci Arena is one of the best venues in college hockey and a terrific location to celebrate the start of the 2013-14 season," Mike Snee, executive director of College Hockey Inc., said in a release. "The four participating programs have storied histories, outstanding coaches and talented student-athletes who will showcase our sport in the Ice Breaker."
Mariucci also hosted the event in 1998 — the Ice Breaker's second season. The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., hosted the tournament in 2007 as well. Minnesota won the tournament that year.
The Gophers have played in the Ice Breaker four times but not since 2007. For UNH, 2013 will mark its third appearance, including its win when it hosted the event in 2004. Clarkson participated in 1997 and 2001. Mercyhurst makes it first appearance.
Last season, the Ice Breaker was held in Kansas City, Mo., at the Sprint Center. Notre Dame won the tournament, which also featured Maine, Army and Nebraska-Omaha. Other previous hosts include Boston, Grand Forks, N.D., and Omaha, Neb., among others.