North Star Cup Tickets
2016 North Star College Cup
You can count on the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to once again be hopping this January as fans congregate for the annual North Star College Cup, which pits some of the best-known hockey powerhouses against one another in an epic D-1 college hockey clash. Bringing together some of the top teams in Minnesota, the North Star College Cup has a growing reputation that has built an exciting tradition and is now known for being the spot to find some of the brightest stars in the sport. As the home to the Minnesota Wild of the NHL, the Xcel Energy Center is also the perfect spot for all the action, which is exactly what you're going to see for yourself as the North Star College Cup looks to crown a new champion.
We know that there are all kinds of different options for sports around St. Paul, but this is a city that really springs to life when you're talking about hockey, as it's one of the great hockey regions in North America and the fanfare that comes with a tournament like this one completely speaks for itself. With each team bringing with it a tradition of excellence to the ice, you'll be dazzled by the sensational moves, the big hits and the timely goals that will have you jumping out of your seat in no time. Once you're there watching your favorite university do their thing down on the ice, you'll definitely be glad that you're not still sitting at home wondering what the atmosphere at the Xcel Energy Center is like.
North Star Cup Event/Team Info
The North Star Cup is just one of those fierce college hockey competitions that rouses its fans into frenzy every single January. This time around, it will be the University of Minnesota Gophers, the Minnesota State University Mavericks, the St. Cloud State University Huskies and the Bemidji State University Beavers who will be taking to the ice, which is sure to create plenty of hard-hitting intensity along the way. Put it all together and you end up with the type of atmosphere that you're simply not going to be able to recreate, as it doesn't get any better than this if you love college hockey played at the highest possible level.
College Hockey Experience
Anyone who's ever attended a college game knows the excitement these games can generate, particularly when you're talking about a celebrated tournament like the North Star College Cup. When two talented teams are battling it out with some very high stakes, with the buzz of the crowd steadily rising in anticipation of an epic climax, it won't be hard to get swept away by the experience that comes along with college hockey at its very best. Though we know you can probably just catch a few highlights thanks to the digital era, being there to watch the drama unfold first-hand is a different level of experience that tends to create plenty of lifelong fans at every single opening face-off.
North Star Cup History
The North Star Cup was modeled after the Beanpot Tournament, which involves four colleges in Boston, Massachusetts and has been one of the biggest hockey tournaments in North American for more than a half-century. Like the North Star Cup, it was designed to maintain a healthy rivalry among regional powerhouses, which is exactly what is beginning to transpire as the North Star Cup's reputation starts to grow. It all came together for the very first North Star Cup in 2014, as Minnesota ended up edging UMD in an incredible matchup that ended in a shootout, though in 2015 it was Bemidji State that was able to pull together a victory in the second annual Cup. With the reputation continuing to grow as the North Star Cup gathers steam in the college hockey world, it's always a great time to make it to St. Paul to see some of the top programs in the nation in one place.
North Star Cup Trivia
What was the first year that Bemidji State formed a hockey team?
The Beavers of Bemidji State first hit the ice back in 1946.
North Star Cup Fans
The North Star Cup offers a college of powerhouse programs filled with electrifying players who can do a little bit of everything on the ice, which is why it's gaining a reputation for being the place to find some of the stars of both today and tomorrow. When the North Star Cup gets rolling and your favorite team is inching closer to a big win, you might just find yourself completely glued to the ice at the Xcel Energy Center. The fans are also an integral part of what it's like to watch a top-tier college hockey game, as the fans help to elevate the atmosphere in a big way and you might just find yourself lost in the enthusiasm of the moment alongside thousands of other fans who love college hockey as much as you do.
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