College hockey's signature opening weekend event -- the Ice Breaker Tournament -- which is scheduled to be hosted by the University of Minnesota Duluth will be postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. The Ice Breaker Tournament was slated for Oct. 9 - 10, 2020 at AMSOIL Arena.
"Given the latest input and guidance from the University, local and state officials as well as public health experts, we have decided at this time it is not possible to host the 2020 Ice Breaker Tournament in a successful manner and have postponed the event to October of 2021," said Josh Berlo, UMD athletic director.
Added Berlo, "Ultimately, the health and well-being of the participants, staff, coaches, campus and community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts UMD, Amsoil Arena and Duluth in the best position to safely host the Ice Breaker Tournament in 2021 that will include an exceptional experience for the teams, a safe and fun atmosphere for the fans of Bulldog Country and beyond as well as significant economic impact for our community."
The tentative [next season] dates are October 15th and 16th, 2021.
Providence College and Minnesota State University, Mankato have confirmed their ability to remain in the postponed event. The University of Minnesota has indicated they will not be participating.