In less than a month, the 2008-09 men’s college hockey season kicks off at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, as theTerriers host the 12th annual Ice Breaker Invitational, on October 10 and 11. The country’s top conferences will be represented at the tournament, as BU and Hockey East mate UMasstake on Michigan State, of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and North Dakota, of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Ice Breaker Invitational will be held in Massachusetts for thefirst time since its 1997 debut. BU will become the third HockeyEast school to serve as the tournament’s host, joining Maine (2001) andNew Hampshire (2004).
This year’s Ice Breaker format will feature an East vs. Westcompetition, as BU and intrastate rival UMass each face the two western powerhouses. The Michigan State Spartans won the 2007 NCAA title, while theFighting Sioux of North Dakota have advanced to the Frozen Four in each of the pastfour seasons.
Michigan State and UMass will be the first Division I teams tokick off their 2008-09 campaigns when they face off on Friday, October 10,at 4:30 p.m. BU takes on North Dakota at 7:30 p.m. Daytwo of the Ice Breaker will see the Minutemen squaring off againstthe Fighting Sioux at 4:30 p.m., followed by a battle between the Terriers and the Spartans inthe finale at 7:30 p.m.