Yesterday the Vegas hockey and sports community received the news that in 2018 T-Mobile Arena will be hosting their first ever NCAA Hockey Invitational tournament. The event will showcase some of the collegiate’s best hockey programs in the United States.

Those universities that are going to be participating the 2018 tournament are Arizona State Sun Devils, Boston College Eagles, Michigan Tech Huskies and Northern Michigan Wildcats.

The two-day tournament will be played on January 5 and 6.

Las Vegas Invitational
(Graphic by NCAA Hockey)

Their hosting promoter for the event is bd global and their president Brooks Downing provided his thoughts on this amazing opportunity to have T-Mobile Arena the honor and privileged to showcase NCAA Hockey for the first time.

“We are excited to partner with T-Mobile Arena to bring the best teams in college hockey to Las Vegas each year as the new era of hockey in the Valley begins this fall.” Said Downing

The tournament showcasing these four hockey programs bring with them a total of nine NCAA Hockey National Championships to their credit along with an impressive 38 Frozen Four appearances.

Headlining the group is Hockey East’s powerhouse Boston College Eagles who over the course of their program are bringing with them, five NCAA Hockey National Championships and an outstanding record of 25 berths in the NCAA Hockey Frozen Four tournament.

Their Head Coach Jerry York had this to say about his universities hockey program.

“We are always thrilled to showcase our program in new and exciting parts of the country against some of the top talent across the nation. We are honored to be a part of this tournament and excited to get there.” York says

For the Arizona State University Sun Devils they are heading into the 2017-18 season with a major upgrade in college hockey as their program was approved for NCAA Division 1 status.

This is a major victory for NCAA Hockey in the West due to the fact that most Division 1 hockey schools are in the Atlantic, Big Ten Conference, ECAC, NCHC, WCHA, and Hockey East.

Sun Devils Head Coach Greg Powers had this say about ASU’s rise in status of NCAA Hockey.

We are very much looking forward to exposing the growing Vegas hockey market to NCAA Division I hockey. Being the only Division I program in the Southwest, it is important for us to try and gain as much exposure in this region as possible. Top that with being able to play two games against other great programs in the new T-Mobile Arena, this tournament will certainly be one of our season’s highlights.” Echoed Powers

Michigan rivals Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan are looking forward to their participation in the 2018 Ice Vegas Invitational. Both schools have made an agreement with one another that in-state rivalry we will put on hold during this tournament.

“We are honored to participate in the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational,” said new Northern Michigan coach Grant Potulny. “We look forward to bringing Northern Michigan hockey to Las Vegas and are excited for the opportunity to play at the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena. With the Wildcats, Arizona State, Boston College, and Michigan Tech in the field, this tournament will give Las Vegas and the surrounding areas an exciting look at college hockey.” Says Potulny

Going into the new college hockey season Michigan Tech is bringing on their newly hired head coach Mel Pearson who recently agreed to lead the Huskies behind the bench this fall.

Their sports program Assistant Director Suzanne Sanregret highlighted her school’s excitement and honor in being able to showcase their players in Vegas next January.

“We’re excited to be in this tournament. I know our players, fans, and alumni are really looking forward to it,” said Michigan Tech AD Suzanne Sanregret. “It’s great to be able to help grow college hockey out west with tournaments like this. We were fortunate to play in the Arizona State tournament a couple years ago and our alumni really came out to support the Huskies. I think we’ll have another good turnout in Las Vegas, and we’re excited to bring Michigan Tech Hockey to our alumni and fans in the West.” Adds Sanregret

For the Vegas Golden Knights organization and their fans, this event will be forever part of the team’s history and growth of hockey in the community.

 

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