NCHC, Target Center announce separation as parties waive final year of tournament contract

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The Target Center will not host the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff, as it had since 2014 (photo: Ryan Coleman/

The Target Center and the NCHC announced Thursday that the parties have reached a mutual and amicable agreement to waive the final year of their existing contract, which had the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff tournament scheduled to take place at the arena.

“Target Center is proud to have been a part of one of the country’s top college hockey tournaments,” said Target Center VP-GM Steve Mattson in a statement. “We wish the NCHC well in their future endeavors.”

With the help of Target Center and the city of Minneapolis, the newly-formed college hockey conference tournament grew each year from its inaugural event in March of 2014, culminating this past season with four of the top-15 nationally ranked college hockey teams battling for the title.

“The NCHC is extremely appreciative for all the support and effort that has been put forth by Target Center’s staff, along with the city of Minneapolis, over the Frozen Faceoff tournament’s four-year history,” NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton added.


  1. This will go to Xcel Energy Center then? I hope so. Will make the tournament that much better. Would be cool if they can figure out a way to have it the same weekend as the BTHC tournament.

    • That’s what happened. The eason the Xcel energy center was available was that the Big 10 Hockey conference moved to on campus sites for the entire tourney and away from the neutral site format.


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