BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team announced on Tuesday that the 2023 Ice Breaker Tournament will be co-hosted by BSU and North Dakota next season. Forum News Service’s Brad Elliott Schlossman
Tuesday’s announcement made it official that the 2023-24 college hockey season will start in Bemidji, an honor traditionally given to the Ice Breaker Tournament. Army West Point and Wisconsin will also participate in the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 13-14, 2023, in Bemidji and Grand Forks, N.D.
“It’s an honor to co-host the Ice Breaker Tournament with North Dakota and to bring these prestigious teams to our communities,” Bemidji State athletic director Britt Lauritsen said in a press release. “Thank you to College Hockey Inc. and the Hockey Commissioners Association for the opportunity to showcase our hockey programs. This is the first time in Bemidji State’s program history to participate in the Ice Breaker Tournament, and we are looking forward to a successful event and some exciting hockey.”
The Ice Breaker started in 1997. Bemidji State has never played in the tournament, while UND will host for the second time after also hosting in 2011.
“We’re excited to join North Dakota and (North Dakota) coach Brad Berry to co-host the Ice Breaker Tournament, a time-honored tradition in college hockey and a first for our program,” Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore said in the release. “It’s exciting for our players and our program to co-host this (premier) event and to bring Army and Wisconsin to northern Minnesota. This tournament is a highlight of the college hockey season, and we’re proud to bring it to Bemidji for our students, our fans and our community.”
For more information and Ice Breaker Tournament history, including past participants and tournament champions, visit CollegeHockeyInc.com.