NCHC Frozen Faceoff moves to Xcel Energy Center, starting with 2018 event

2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff WordmarkAfter announcing earlier Thursday that the NCHC Frozen Faceoff will no longer be at the Target Center, the league announced that the annual championship weekend is heading to Saint Paul, Minn., beginning this upcoming 2017-18 season.

The NCHC Board of Directors recently approved the move to make Xcel Energy Center the future home of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The conference and Xcel Energy Center have agreed to a five-year contract for the home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild to host the Frozen Faceoff through 2022.

The NCHC Frozen Faceoff is the culmination of the NCHC Tournament, with the two semifinals taking place on Friday followed by the third-place game and championship on Saturday. This season’s Frozen Faceoff will take place on March 16-17, 2018.

Ticket renewals and general on-sale information about the 2018 event will be announced in the coming weeks. Ticket buyers from the 2017 Frozen Faceoff will have priority and the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 Frozen Faceoff in Xcel Energy Center.

“The NCHC is excited about our new partnership with Xcel Energy Center and Minnesota Sports and Entertainment,” NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said in a statement. “Regarded as one of the country’s best hockey venues, along with being familiar to many of our passionate fans, we believe the Frozen Faceoff at Xcel Energy Center will provide a great experience for our student-athletes and fans.”

The Xcel Energy Center has a capacity of 18,568 with four seating levels.

“Xcel Energy Center is tremendously excited to be bringing the NCHC Frozen Faceoff to Saint Paul,” added Xcel Energy Center VP-GM Jack Larson. “Our goal is to deliver the best fan experience possible and truly showcase an exciting weekend of high-level collegiate hockey.”

The NCHC has also partnered with Visit Saint Paul to help provide hockey fans with a fun and positive experience in the city while attending the Frozen Faceoff.


    • Sure is. I walk by it in the skyway a lot while I’m at work and the upgrades look nice, but the place isnt a hockey arena. Ice always seemed crappy and just had no atmosphere in the place.

      • Got news for you on DU-UND games at Magness. Get tickets on the DU website on September 14th, 10 AM Denver time. I’m positive you can get them. Can’t wait for the season to start. Glad Butcher signed a two year entry deal with the Devils, AVS might be worse than last year.

        • I’m still up in the air on that weekend. I know we are headed to the CC weekend that is 3 weeks before, and then Madison the weekend after CC….not sure if I can talk her into 3 weekends in 4 weeks…all on the road. I’ll do my best.

          • CC has great venue at World Arena. With larger ice you will see great up-and-down hockey. Have a feeling the Friday DU-ND game will be televised nationally anyway.

          • The large ice can be worrisome for a team that doesn’t play on it a lot. World over all isn’t a terrible place, been there about 5 or so times. Magness is definitely a better option, though.

          • Tigers have been awful the last 4 years, much worse at home. Seems like the only games they win are those their goalie, Marble, “steals” for them. For some reason they haven’t been able to recruit fast players that can take advantage of home ice.

          • We were stonewalled by Leclerc last year in one game in the springs. Outshot CC by double and had almost 100 shot attempts. Was ridiculous.

  1. Not a fan of this move. Minneapolis is way more convenient for most people than St. Paul. It is closer, there are more hotel rooms in Minneapolis and more bars as well.


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