NCHC Moves Championship to Xcel Center
Deal is For 5 Years
CHN Staff Report
The NCHC will move its championship tournament from the Target Center in Minneapolis to the Xcel Center in nearby St. Paul, Minn., as part of a new five-year agreement.
The league is leaving its deal with Target Center one year early to make it happen, and it comes after numerous discussions over what the league should do.
"We did assess both the tournament structure and location, with the three location options being Target Center, Xcel and on campus," NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said. "After doing an analysis of those location options, our membership felt it was in the best interest of the conference, our student-athletes and fans to move the event to Xcel for the foreseeable future.
According to the league, it reached a mutual agreement with the Target Center to waive the final year of its existing contract. The tournament was scheduled to be played in March 2018 at the Target Center.
“Target Center is proud to have been a part of one of the country’s top college hockey tournaments,” stated Steve Mattson, Target Center Vice President/General Manager. “We wish the NCHC well in their future endeavors.”
The Xcel Center opened after the Big Ten and WCHA both recently moved their tournaments completely on campus. They had been alternating years at Xcel before making that move. This is the first season the Big Ten will be totally on campus, whereas the WCHA started that last season.
“The NCHC is extremely appreciative for all the support and effort that has been put forth by Target Center’s staff, along with the city of Minneapolis, over the Frozen Faceoff tournament’s four-year history,” NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton said.
The Xcel Center, also home to the NHL's Minnesota Wild, is coincidentally the site of the 2018 Frozen Four as well.