Men’s ice hockey is going international. A few weeks ago, it was announced the team will be heading across the pond next year for the 2018 Northern Irish Connections Friendship Four Tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The tournament is part of a sister cities partnership between Belfast and Boston, Mass.
The Dutchmen will compete alongside Yale, Boston University and the University of Connecticut in late November, 2018.
Union will be participating in the fourth annual edition of the Friendship Four, which hosted the first NCAA college hockey games ever played outside of North America in 2015.
Union will square off with Yale in an official ECAC league game on Nov. 23 for the chance to play for the Belpot Trophy the next day.
“The Friendship Four tournament has been a phenomenal event for ECAC Hockey and its member institutions. All aspects of the tournament during the first two years have been first class, and created life-long memories,” said ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell in a statement released to the Union College Athletic Department.
Head Coach Rick Bennett added, “Our student-athletes, coaches and support staff are looking forward to the experience. It is the kind of event that our student-athletes will remember forever.” Games will be played at the SSE Arena, home of the Belfast Giants, a member of the Elite Ice Hockey League, a professional league featuring teams from across the United Kingdom.