The Friendship Four began in 2015 and is an annual tournament that comprises of four teams from the NCAA’s Division I Men’s Ice Hockey traveling to Belfast to compete for the Belpot Trophy!!
History of the tournament
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 revitalize the cultural ties between America and Northern Ireland”
The idea for the tournament stemmed from discussions when Belfast and Boston signed a Sister Cities Agreement in 2014 as part of our international relations work. Both mayors agreed that it would be a fantastic opportunity to raise the profiles of the cities involved. UMass Lowell won the inaugural tournament in November 2015, with The University of Vermont, Clarkson University, Union College and most recently Northeastern University lifting the coveted Belpot trophy on their second visit to Belfast.