GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota will renew their storied hockey rivalry in three years.
The two NCAA Division I powerhouses have agreed to terms on a two-year deal that will renew a rivalry that dates back to 1930.
The Gophers will host North Dakota for a two-game series during the 2016-17 season and then travel to Grand Forks for a series the following season. Dates for both series will be determined later.
"We're thrilled to officially get North Dakota back on our schedule and to renew one of the greatest rivalries in our sport," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "This rivalry is great for our programs, great for college hockey and great for our fans, and we're excited to bring North Dakota back to Mariucci Arena."
The former Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes played each year from 1948 to 2013 before conference realignment put Minnesota in the Big Ten and UND in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The two programs battled each year from 1948 to 2013 before conference realignment put the rivalry on a three-year hiatus. Minnesota owns a 145-130-15 all-time record against North Dakota with the final meeting between the two rivals ending in a 4-4 overtime tie on Jan. 19, 2013 at Mariucci Arena.
"This is a rivalry that our fans, alumni and team look forward to renewing," North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol said. "It is one of the most heated in all of college sports."
The two programs have combined for a dozen national championships.
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