Thursday, November 26, 2015

American pop college hockey teams to play in Belfast 2015 today and tomorrow

UMass Lowell vs Northeastern and Colgate vs Brown

       This will be the inaugural Friendship Four tournament. This tournament is the 1st one. This tournament features 2 teams from Hockey East UMass-Lowell and Northeastern and 2 teams from the ECAC Colgate and Brown. More that likely these teams will feature future feature NHL players.
The venue has not been announced however the SSE Arena is getting a 3 Million refurbishing just announced in 2015. The SSE Arena is under new management and I am sure they want to explore different entertainment shows.

Hockey East
UMass Lowell has won Hockey East in 2013, 2014 and reached the final in 2015. They are currently (Nov 26/2015) sit in 1st place in Hockey East and are nationally ranked at #4 in the nation. Northeastern is also from the tough and ruggard Hockey East and are located in the think of Boston.

2 teams were selected from the Providence RI (Brown) and Colgate (NY state). These games will be league games and will count in standings. This will make each game very competitive and entertaining for the fans.

The winners of each game will face the winner of the other and the losers will square off. These games will be played Nov 27 and 28, 2015 and be televised in the states.

Here is hoping Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland or the combination of the both can field a national hockey team to compete in the IIHL Ranking some day.

Ireland has not competed in the IIHL since

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