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Frozen Four Coming Back To Minnesota

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

The Frozen Four will return to the State of Hockey in 2018. It was announced today that Saint Paul will be the site of the 2018 NCAA Men's Hockey Frozen Four. This will be Xcel Energy Center's third time hosting the tournament (2002, 2011).

Boston will host in 2015, Tampa Bay will be the site in 2016, while Chicago hosts in 2017.

News release from Xcel Energy Center:

The University of Minnesota and Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., have been selected to host the 2018 NCAA Men's Hockey Frozen Four, as announced today by the NCAA. In addition, the Gophers will host the 2016 NCAA West Regional at Xcel Energy Center.

"We are extremely excited to be selected to host the 2018 NCAA Frozen Four," Minnesota Head Coach Don Lucia said. "Xcel Energy Center, the city of Saint Paul and the University of Minnesota have a great history of hosting first-class events and we look forward to continuing that tradition over the next few years.”

In 2018, Minnesota will play host to an NCAA Frozen Four for the eighth time in school history. Minnesota previously hosted the 1958, 1966, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2011 Frozen Fours. The 1989, 1991, 1994, 2002 and 2011 Frozen Fours were contested in Saint Paul with Xcel Energy Center hosting the 2002 and 2011 renditions.

With Minnesota as host, the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four set multiple arena and NCAA attendance records. The attendance of 19,327 at the championship game – a 4-3 overtime victory by the Golden Gophers over Maine – established a new all-time attendance record for the largest crowd ever to witness a hockey game in the state of Minnesota as well as an NCAA Frozen Four finals record at that time (re-set in 2010 at Ford Field). The combined attendance for the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four was 57,966, also setting a record for total tournament attendance at the time.

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