"The Friendship Four Tournament celebrates the Boston/Belfast Sister city agreement by helping to foster stronger cultural, economic, and academic relationships between Northern Ireland and America. Using amateur sport, it creates opportunities to unite communities, providing a conduit to revitalise the cultural ties between America and Northern Ireland"

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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 fourth Friendship Four tournament takes place on Thanksgiving weekend 2018.

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 and Clarkson University taking the 2017 edition.


Friendship Four Alumni


  • University of Massachussetts, Lowell (c)
  • Brown University
  • Northeastern University
  • Colgate University


  • Quinnipiac University
  • University of Vermont (c)
  • St. Lawrence University
  • University of Massachusetts


  • Providence University
  • Clarkson University (c)
  • University of Maine
  • RPI

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.

Ticket options are available from the SSE Arena Belfast website

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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]

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