The North Star College Cup presented by TRIA Orthopaedic Center of Minnesota features four of Minnesota’s five Division I men’s hockey programs. The changing landscape of college hockey provided the impetus for non-conference rivalries between the five programs, and the North Star College Cup ensures those rivalries will remain intact.
The University of Minnesota is the event’s permanent host. This past year’s tournament featured the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State University and Minnesota State Mankato. St. Cloud State University did not participate in the 2015 North Star College Cup.
In its first appearance in the North Star College Cup, the Bemidji State Beavers captured the tournament title with pair of impressive games against ranked foes. In the opener, eight different Beavers tallied a point in a 4-0 victory over No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth. In the nightcap, top-ranked Minnesota State used a three-goal second period to defeat the Golden Gophers, 4-2. In the championship game, the Beavers built a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-1 victory over the Mavericks. BSU goaltender Michael Bitzer was named the tournament's most valuable player after collecting 54 saves on 55 shots.