Established in 2015, the Friendship Four has quickly become one of the premier events of the college hockey season. The event has featured pairs of ECAC Hockey and Hockey East teams squaring off each November since its inception. But, for the 2020 Friendship Four, Atlantic Hockey will graciously enter the fold.
Three Atlantic Hockey teams will make the trans-Atlantic flight next fall to participate in next year's event. They are Army West Point, Mercyhurst, and Sacred Heart. They'll join Quinnipiac from the ECAC to make up the four-team field.
The Friendship Four originated following the Boston/Belfast Sister City agreement made in 2014. It celebrates the partnership which is intended to foster stronger cultural, economic, and academic relationships between Northern Ireland and America. The tournament quickly grew from a Boston-Belfast concept into a Hockey East-ECAC event with the two leagues' representatives battling for the Belpot trophy. Now, an Atlantic Hockey team will have the ability to raise the Belpot next November.
"Atlantic Hockey and its member institutions are extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Friendship Four", said Commissioner DeGregorio. "We want to thank Shane (Johnson), the Belfast Giants, and the rest of the Friendship Four organizing committee for extending the invitation to what has become one of the most popular events of the college hockey season." Read more.