The Friendship Four ice hockey tournament will be returning to the SSE Arena, for its fourth year, on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November 2018.
The four US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) teams who will be competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy will include:
- Yale University
- Union College
- Boston University
- The University of Connecticut.
Friendship Four 2017
The winners of the 2017 tournament were Clarkson University.
Background to the tournament
The idea for the tournament stemmed from discussions when Belfast and Boston signed a Sister Cities Agreement in 2014 as part of our international relations work. Both mayors agreed that it would be a fantastic opportunity to raise the profiles of the cities involved.
The inaugural tournament took place in November 2015, with college teams competing for the first time ever outside the USA. Umass Lowell won in 2015, with University of Vermont winning the second tournament in 2016.
For more information visit the Friendship Four website.