College Hockey:
Minnesota, North Dakota agree to resume rivalry in 2016-17 season

Minnesota and North Dakota have agreed to terms on a two-year contract for nonconference games in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

The Gophers will host in the 2016-17 season; North Dakota will host the following season. Game dates have not yet been determined.

The teams have played 290 games against each other — including games every year between 1948 and 2013 — but left the WCHA after last season for different leagues. Minnesota joined the Big Ten; North Dakota moved to the NCHC.

“We’re thrilled to officially get North Dakota back on our schedule and to renew one of the greatest rivalries in our sport,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said in a news release. “This rivalry is great for our programs, great for college hockey and great for our fans, and we’re excited to bring North Dakota back to Mariucci Arena.”

Said North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol: “This is a rivalry that our fans, alumni and team look forward to renewing. It is one of the most heated in all of college sports.”

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  • Dog Pound Dan

    You can really understand the philosophies of the two coaches, teams, and fan bases when one is talking about how great this rivalry is for college hockey and the other is talking about how “heated” it gets…

  • Dog Pound Dan

    That being said, these games are always exciting to watch and I hope the Gophs dominate so we have a better chance of beating NOdak and winning the conference like we did last year!

    • UMDBulldogHockey

      Beating North Dakota won’t do anything for conference play.

      • Dog Pound Dan

        Yeah but it’s just fun to watch NOdak lose :)

  • rampantlion

    Over the years, there have been a lot of teams that have hated the Gophers, but none more than North Dakota. The reverse is also true. The players have always gotten “up” for these games more so than any other regular season games.

    While I’m glad they are trying to maintain this rivalry, it still won’t be quite the same, being in different conferences.

  • Joe Crowley

    As a HE alum, I am glad this rivalry is quickly renewed. Unlike football, there are plenty of games to be had. If teams wish to make it happen, then a way will be found.

    This is good.

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