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Sioux Falls, Fargo awarded NCAA men's hockey regionals in 2018, 2019

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The NCAA West Regional will be staying in the Dakotas the next two years.

UND will host next year's regional in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the 2019 regional at Fargo's Scheels Arena.

If UND reaches the NCAA tournament in either of those years, it will automatically be placed in that regional.

This will be the first time an NCAA regional has ever been played in South Dakota.

Fargo previously hosted regionals last month and in 2015.

"The University of North Dakota is extremely excited to be awarded these upcoming NCAA Division I men's ice hockey regionals," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It is an honor to be entrusted by the NCAA to host these championships and put on a great experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans.

"The 2018 regional is in a new location at Sioux Falls in the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Based on the successes of the 2015 and 2017 regionals in Fargo, we look to continuing the tradition of hosting outstanding regionals working with the staff at Scheels Arena.

"We have the best fans in college hockey and this announcement gives them two more opportunities to potentially see our team play in the NCAA tournament within driving distance."

Sioux Falls is a particularly intriguing regional, because the three-year-old venue seats around 10,700 for hockey and is within driving distance for several teams -- Omaha, MSU-Mankato, Minnesota, St. Cloud State, UND, Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth.

Other regionals in 2018 will be in Allentown, Pa., Worcester, Mass., and Bridgeport, Conn.

In 2019, they'll be in Allentown, Manchester, N.H., and Providence.

Next year's Frozen Four will be in St. Paul. That will be followed by Buffalo (2019), Detroit (2020), Pittsburgh (2021) and Boston (2022).

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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