Wisconsin, North Dakota to renew rivalry starting with 2014-15 season

Wisconsin and North Dakota are no longer WCHA rivals, but starting with the 2014-15 season, the two schools will play a two-game series in four of the next five seasons.

Wisconsin joined the Big Ten this year, while North Dakota is a founding member of the NCHC.

“We are excited to announce a long-term scheduling agreement with the University of Wisconsin,” said North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol in a statement. “Most importantly, we are excited about the opportunity to continue playing another of our most traditional rivals on a long-term basis.”

“Being able to schedule North Dakota keeps the rivalry alive that we have from the old WCHA days,” added Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves. “We look forward to playing one of the top programs and testing ourselves. Going back to my playing days, there has been great hockey games and great emotion over the years in the series and it is great to be able to continue that into the future.”

The two schools will resume their rivalry next season in Madison, Wis., before meeting during the 2015-16 season in Grand Forks, N.D. After a year off in 2016-17, UND returns to Madison during the 2017-18 campaign and UW revisits Grand Forks during the 2018-19 season.

Wisconsin leads the all-time series 86-65-12 in 163 games played dating back to the 1967-68 season.