Brown, Colgate, Northeastern, UMass Lowell to play Belfast Thanksgiving 2015 weekend

NCAA Division I hockey is coming to Northern Ireland next Thanksgiving.

According to Belfast Live, Belfast is set to host the Festival of Ice Hockey tournament at the Odyssey Arena Nov. 27-28 with Brown, Colgate, Northeastern and Massachusetts-Lowell taking part.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson will travel to Boston this coming weekend to jointly launch the event at the Frozen Four.

The article also states that tickets for the event will be distributed free of charge “to 12,000 young people across the city” and that more than $200,000 has already been raised by the Boston Lord Mayor’s Office to cover the cost of bringing the teams to Belfast.

Update, April 10: The Friendship Four, as it is being called, will feature conference games in the semifinals, with Lowell facing Northeastern and Brown playing Colgate.