Ice Breaker Tournament


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The annual Ice Breaker Tournament marks the traditional start to the college hockey season. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018-19, the Ice Breaker brings together four of the nation's top teams from different conferences.

2018 Ice Breaker Tournament

Michigan Tech captured the 2017 Ice Breaker title in a field that featured three teams that have won NCAA titles in the last 15 years. Minnesota Duluth hosted the tournament at AMSOIL Arena and went on to become the second straight host school to win the NCAA championship the following spring.

A terrific opportunity to put the spotlight on college hockey just as the season gets underway, the Ice Breaker also provides a tough early season test for some NCAA championship contenders. Past Ice Breaker champions include Boston University (three times), Minnesota (three times), New Hampshire (twice), Boston College (twice), Air Force, Colorado College, Denver, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, Notre Dame, St. Cloud State and Vermont.

The event has taken place at a mix of on- and off-campus sites, visiting top venues such as Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul), Scottrade Center (St. Louis) and Kohl Center (Madison, Wis.).

The 2018 event will be held in Erie, Pa., at the Erie Insurance Arena, with Mercyhurst University and the Erie Sports Commission serving as hosts. Miami, Notre Dame and Providence will join the Lakers in pursuit of the tournament title.

Ice Breaker Tournament History

Year Host Site Field (Champion in Boldface)
1997 University of Wisconsin Dane County Coliseum (Madison) BU, Clarkson, Michigan State, Wisconsin
1998 University of Minnesota Mariucci (Minneapolis) BC, Minnesota, Ohio State, St. Lawrence
1999 University of Denver Magness Arena (Denver) Denver, Notre Dame, Providence, Union
2000 University of Michigan Yost Arena (Ann Arbor) Colgate, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Dakota
2001 University of Maine Alfond Arena (Orono) Bowling Green, Clarkson, Maine, St. Cloud
2002 University of Wisconsin Kohl Center (Madison) BU, Northern Michigan, Rensselaer, Wisconsin
2003 Michigan State University Munn Arena (East Lansing) BC, Findlay, Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan State
2004 New Hampshire Whittemore Center (Durham) New Hampshire, Ohio St., St. Cloud, St. Lawrence
2005 Colorado College World Arena (Colorado Springs) Air Force, Colorado College, Maine, Union
2006 Miami University Goggin Ice Arena (Oxford) Colgate, Denver, Miami, Vermont
2007 University of Minnesota Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul) BC, Michigan, Minnesota, Rensselaer
2008 Boston University Agganis Arena (Boston) BU, UMass, Michigan State, North Dakota
2009 Nebraska-Omaha Qwest Center (Omaha) Army, UMass Lowell, Nebraska-Omaha, St. Lawrence
2010 St. Louis Sports Commission Scottrade Center (St. Louis) BU, Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Wisconsin
2011 University of North Dakota Ralph Engelstad Arena (Grand Forks) Air Force, BC, Michigan State, North Dakota
2012 Kansas City Sports Commission Sprint Center (Kansas City) Army, Maine, Nebraska-Omaha, Notre Dame
2013 University of Minnesota Mariucci Arena (Minneapolis) Clarkson, Mercyhurst, Minnesota, New Hampshire
2014 University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena (South Bend) Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Notre Dame, Rensselaer
2015 University of Maine Cumberland County Civic Center (Portland) Lake Superior State, Maine, Michigan State, North Dakota
2016 University of Denver Magness Arena (Denver) Denver, Air Force, Boston College, Ohio State
2017 University of Minnesota Duluth AMSOIL Arena (Duluth) Michigan Tech, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Union
2018 Mercyhurst University Erie Insurance Arena (Erie) Mercyhurst, Miami, Notre Dame, Providence