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Shefte blog: Target Center won't host 2018 NCHC tournament

September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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photo - Denver's Paul Comrie (#20) slips a goal past CC goalie Jeff Sanger to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:04 left in the first period at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, March 19, 1999.   photo Kotlowski/The Gazette
Denver's Paul Comrie (#20) slips a goal past CC goalie Jeff Sanger to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:04 left in the first period at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, March 19, 1999. photo Kotlowski/The Gazette 

The NCHC Frozen Faceoff tournament won’t be at the Target Center this year.

The hockey conference, which includes Colorado College and Denver, announced that it ended its arrangement a year early. A release offered by the NCHC stated the sides “reached a mutual and amicable agreement to waive the final year of their existing contract.”

The Colorado Springs-based conference has been staging multiple yearly events at the Minneapolis arena, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA, since the conference was formed in 2014.

The arena closed to the public this summer for the third and final phase of a $155 million renovation. But the NCHC won’t get to make use of those brand-new locker rooms this year, as planned.

“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 said in the release.

The NCHC Frozen Faceoff will move to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., for the next five years according to the Star Tribune

CC opens its schedule with an exhibition game against Lethbridge on Sept. 30 in Breckenridge.

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