"The Friendship Four Tournament celebrates the Boston/Belfast Sister city agreement by helping to foster stronger cultural, economic, and academic partnerships between Northern Ireland and America. Sport has the ability to unite communities and provide a conduit to revitalise the deep and broad cultural ties between America and Northern Ireland"

FRI 24 NOV
3pm – Clarkson University v RPI
7pm – Providence College v The University of Maine

SAT 25 NOV
3pm – Consolation Game
7pm – Friendship Four Championship Game

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Travel, Accommodation info and more

Flight Offers

Great packages from Aer Lingus

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Individual game + weekend passes available now

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 26th November 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Vermont Catamounts celebrate winning the Friendship Four Final and lifting the Belpot Trophy after defeating Quinnipiac Bobcats' during Saturdays Final at the SSE Arena, Belfast.   Photo William Cherry/Presseye

The Belpot Trophy

The third Friendship Four tournament takes place on Thanksgiving weekend 2017.

The tournament comprises teams from NCAA’s Div 1 Men’s Ice Hockey, each year travelling to Belfast Northern Ireland to compete for the Belpot Trophy. The University of Massachussetts, Lowell won the inaugural tournament in 2015 with the University of Vermont winning the 2016 tournament.

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Friendship Four Alumni

2015

  • University of Massachussetts, Lowell – Champions
  • Brown University
  • Northeastern University
  • Colgate University

2016

  • Quinnipiac University
  • University of Vermont – Champions
  • St. Lawrence University
  • University of Massachusetts

Aer Lingus have prepared a great deal for all North American travellers to get to Belfast via direct flights to Dublin – find more on their great prices here.

Also – Cara Travel have several great packages which you can find details about here.

Tickets will be available in May 2017

Friends Forever International is partnering with the Northern Irish Connections Friendship Four and the Belfast Giants to create a unique opportunity for select inner-city Boston youth to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland in November 2017.

Click here for all the info!

What is NCAA hockey all about?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is an amateur feeder system for the National Hockey League, over 30% of NHL professionals having NCAA experience [ref]

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Division - 3 Mens, 3 Womens
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Colleges & Universities Represented
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First NCAA Hockey Championship

WHO ARE THE BELFAST GIANTS?

Play in the EIHL

The ELITE Ice Hockey League was founded in 2003 and the Belfast Giants were a founding member, having previously competed in the British Ice Hockey Superleague (ISL).

International Players


The league has always had a local core, but the league permits 13 import players – two of whom can be european passport holders and the bulk are Canadians and Americans. Most have extensive AHL, major junior or college hockey experience.

Success

2001-02 – Superleague League Champions
2002-03 – Playoff Champions, League Runner Up
2004-05 – League Runner Up, National Crossover Cup Champions
2005-06 – Elite League Champions
2006-07 – League Runner Up
2008–09 – Fourth Place Finish, Challenge Cup & Knock-Out Cup Champions
2009-10 – Playoff Champions, League Runner Up
2010-11 – League Runner Up
2011-12 – Elite League Champions
2012-13 – Erhardt Conference Champions
2013-14 – Elite League Champions & Erhardt Conference Champions

CROSS-COMMUNITY ETHOS

In the land of the Giants, everyone is equal

If you’ve heard of Northern Ireland, and heard of Belfast you’ll probably know it’s a place with a mixed history. Our arena and our team have provided a neutral ground in the heart of the city’s geography where everyone can feel at home.

Community service is at the heart of what the Giants players sign up for each season, and the Friendship Four competitors get to experience some of this as you’ll see from UMass Lowell’s 2015 video.