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The NCHC conference moves the Frozen Faceoff to the Xcel Energy Center

The NCHC will play its conference tournament in St. Paul through 2022.

After a four-year run at the Target Center, the NCHC Frozen Faceoff will be moving across the river.

College hockey's premier conference will now playing its tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul starting in 2018.

The NCHC had one more year of their current deal with the Target Center, but the two sides decided to waive the final year of their existing contract.

Instead, the conference will now play its games at the Xcel for the next five years.

With the WCHA and Big Ten conference no longer using the Xcel for their tournaments, the NCHC decided to swoop in.

This year's Frozen Faceoff will take place on March 16-17 of 2018. 

Formed in 2013, the NCHC is an eight-team conference featuring: North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud State, Denver University, Colorado College, Miami-Ohio, Nebraska-Omaha and Western Michigan.

The Xcel Energy Center will also be the site for this year's NCAA Frozen Four tournament, which is held in April.

It's the first time since 2011 that St. Paul will host the Frozen Four, the last time it was held at the Xcel, Minnesota-Duluth won the national championship. 

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