North Star College Cup to Be Discontinued
CHN Staff Report
The North Star College Cup will not continue after this season, the University of Minnesota, which originally organized the event, said today.
The fourth North Star College Cup will take place this weekend. The event, each year, is comprised of four of the five Division I Minnesota schools. It was created in the wake of the split of the old WCHA into three conferences, as a way of ensuring all of those schools would still play each other.
"Following discussions between the five institutions, the decision has been made ....," officials said in a statement. "Our institutions had hoped the tournament would appeal more to fans, however the interest level has not grown over the last four years as we had hoped. In addition, teams have expressed interest in rewarding their fans with games at their home venues."
The five schools are Minnesota, Bemidji State, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State. Minnesota was the only "permanent" participant, while the others rotated sitting out.
Friday, Minnesota will face Minnesota-Duluth, while Bemidji State will take on St. Cloud State. The winners meet Saturday. All games are at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn.