Minnesota reveals annual hockey tournament name

The tournament will be officially named the North Star College Cup after months of consideration.

Jake Stark

The annual tournament that will feature all five of Minnesota’s Division I men’s hockey teams will be officially named the North Star College Cup, the University of Minnesota announced in a press release Thursday.

The Xcel Energy Center will host the two-day tournament Jan. 24 and 25 this winter. The tournament is slated to be played annually for at least the next four years.

The Gophers will serve as the permanent host of the tournament, while the three of the other four schools will rotate participation for the first four years.

Minnesota State-Mankato, St. Cloud State and the Minnesota-Duluth will join the Gophers for the first tournament. Bemidji State will rotate in for 2015.

The Gophers will play St. Cloud State on the first day of the tournament, while UMD will play Mankato in the other game.

Both the consolation and championship games will be played the following afternoon.