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Brad Elliott Schlossman, Forum News Service, Published October 31 2013

UND, Gophers sign deal to renew hockey rivalry

As expected, the University of North Dakota and Minnesota have officially signed a contract to renew the rivalry in the 2016-17 season.

The two sides verbally agreed to this last month.

As reported then, the contract is for two years. The 2016-17 series will be played in Mariucci Arena. The 2017-18 series will be played in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

"This is a rivalry that our fans, alumni and team look forward to renewing," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. “It is one of the most heated in all of college sports.”

"We’re thrilled to officially get North Dakota back on our schedule and to renew one of the greatest rivalries in our sport," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "This rivalry is great for our programs, great for college hockey and great for our fans, and we’re excited to bring North Dakota back to Mariucci Arena."

Those matchups will end a three-year stretch without a regular-season series between the longtime rivals who played every year from 1948 to 2013.