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Friendship Four 2019 and 2020

The Friendship Four 2019 hockey tournament is back as the thrill and excitement of American college hockey returns to The SSE Arena, Belfast on November 29 and 30 for the fifth consecutive year.

Friendship Four deepens the connections between Sister Cities Belfast and Boston and presents a unique opportunity for local sports fans to watch the only National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey tournament that takes place outside of the United States. The 2019 tournament consists of a four-game competition which will see talented top-level student athletes from Princeton University, Colgate University, Northeastern University and The University of New Hampshire compete for the prestigious Belpot trophy.

Over 20,000 spectators are expected to head to The SSE Arena, Belfast to watch the action unfold during America’s Thanksgiving holiday period on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November 2019.

Teams from Merrimack College and Quinnipiac University will compete on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January 2020 at The SSE Arena, Belfast in the second international NCAA Women’s Friendship Series.

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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. 2017 saw Clarkson University lift the coveted Belpot trophy and 2018 Union College.

The winner of the inaugural Women’s Friendship Four tournament in 2019 was Northeastern University. 

More information

For more information visit the Friendship Four website

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