Belfast Telegraph

Top US sides all set to battle it out at the Odyssey

Four universities from the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will play in The Friendship Four, Belfast's first major college ice hockey tournament, over Thanksgiving weekend on November 27 and November 28 at the Odyssey Arena.

This will be a world first for the NCAA as it is the first time the league has taken to the ice to play competitive games outside the USA.

UMass Lowell, Northeastern University, Brown University and Colgate University will play for the Belpot Trophy. Each team competes in NCAA Division One, the top level of university ice hockey in the United States.

To complete a bumper weekend of ice hockey, there will also be Elite League matches on the Saturday and Sunday involving the Belfast Giants.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Arder Carson is undertaking his first civic visit to Belfast's Sister City of Boston this weekend to officially announce details of the major sporting event.

"The Sister City agreement which we signed with Boston last May is designed to foster stronger linkages between our two cities," explained the Lord Mayor.

"Bringing this prestigious tournament to Belfast is one of the first results of the agreement and we are delighted that there already is a commitment to play it here for a further four years.

"Bringing this tournament to Belfast will be a great boost to our economy. The global media coverage is likely to bring a very positive off-spin for Belfast too."

Odyssey Trust chairman Eric Porter said: "It is an opportunity to give back to the communities that have supported us."

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