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UMD gears up to host Ice Breaker Tournament

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College Hockey season officially kicks off this weekend as the Bulldogs host the Icebreaker Tournament at Amsoil Arena.

According to UMD's athletic director, Josh Berlo, it means you can expect standing room only this weekend and quite the economic impact in the city. 

Of course, if you ask students like Evan Ordahl, they have their own answer.

"Like half my high school went to the U of M so I'm excited to hopefully beat them by a lot," he said.

But before the Bulldogs get to break the ice, Berlo reminds us what it means to have that privilege.

"We're very fortunate to have incredible partners with our local hotels and Visit Duluth to help us be able to put together a huge college hockey event," he said.

The Ice Breaker Tournament marks the start of hockey season, and as Berlo said, getting to host the tourney was a multi-year process that pitted UMD against a number of other hockey schools.

"We put together a heck of a bid, and our community really rallied behind to get this special event here," he said.

So, as the team gears up for their premiere, the city prepares to host hundreds of out-of-town hockey fans.

"With three teams coming from out of the area, their fan bases come and they'll fill up hotel nights, they'll fill up restaurants," Berlo said. "With the tournament going two days, most of the fans are going to make a weekend of it so we really do expect a strong economic impact "

And coming off a championship run, the Bulldogs are hoping to make an impact of their own, facing off with their rivals from the University of Minnesota, in the first game of the season.

"Looking forward to getting the season started off with some of the best college hockey in the country," Berlo said.

The tournament officially begins Friday as Union College takes on Michigan Tech at 4 p.m.

But of course, the main event comes at 7 on Friday, when the Bulldogs take on the Gophers.

If you can't make it to the arena you can watch on MY 9.

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