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List of UND hockey future nonconference opponents, NCAA hockey regional sites and Frozen Fours

The Fighting Hawks traditionally play 24 conference games and 10 nonconference games. They are allowed to play more than 34 regular-season games with exempt games.

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Orleans Arena in Las Vegas ahead of the UND-Minnesota showdown in 2018. Photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — Scheduling in college hockey is done a couple of years out. This page offers a look at some of the future nonconference opponents UND has tentatively lined up to play.

Because future schedules are not yet finalized, these are all subject to change. Everything listed is a two-game series, unless otherwise noted.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has a 24-game league schedule, which allows for 10 nonconference games per season to hit the NCAA cap of 34 regular-season games.

UND is allowed to go over the 34-game mark if it plays exempt games, which the program has done annually since 1999. The Ice Breaker Invitational, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game and games played in Alaska are exempt. The NCAA also allows schools to do a foreign exhibition game trip once every four years. UND last did that in 2014, when it played two exhibition games in the Vancouver area.

Here's a list of future games:

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Tentative 2023-24 nonconference opponents

vs. Bemidji State

vs. Minnesota, Oct. 20-21

at Boston University

vs. MSU-Mankato

Tentative 2024-25 nonconference opponents

vs./at Bemidji State

vs. Boston University

at MSU-Mankato

at Cornell

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Future NCAA regionals

2023: Fargo (host: UND); Allentown, Pa., (host: Penn State); Bridgeport, Conn., (host: Yale); Manchester, N.H., (host: New Hampshire).

2024: Sioux Falls, S.D., (host: Omaha); Maryland Heights, Mo., (host: Lindenwood); Providence, R.I., (host: Brown); Springfield, Mass., (host: UMass).

2025: Fargo (host: UND); Toledo, Ohio (host: Bowling Green); Allentown, Pa., (host: Penn State); Manchester, N.H., (host: New Hampshire).

2026: Sioux Falls, S.D., (host: Omaha); Loveland, Colo., (host: Denver); Albany, N.Y., (host: Union); Worcester, Mass., (host: Holy Cross).

Future NCAA Frozen Fours

2023: Tampa, Amalie Arena.

2024: St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center.

2025: St. Louis, Enterprise Center.

2026: Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena.

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UND in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game

2022-23 -- vs. Arizona State (in Las Vegas), Oct. 29

2021-22 -- Penn State 6, UND 4 (in Nashville)

2019-20 -- UND 3, Michigan Tech 1 (in Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2018-19 -- UND 3, Minnesota 1 (in Las Vegas, Orleans Arena)

2016-17 -- UND 5, RPI 2 (in Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2014-15 -- UND 3, Air Force 2, OT (in Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2010-11 -- UND 5, Minnesota Duluth 0 (in Duluth, AmsOil Arena opening)

2007-08 -- UND 6, Michigan State 0 (in Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2003-04 -- UND 3, Minnesota Duluth 2 (in Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2001-02 -- Minnesota 7, UND 5 (in Ralph Engelstad Arena, building opening)

1992-93 -- Minnesota Duluth 4, UND 3 (in Eveleth, Minn., exhibition game)

1988-89 -- UND 2, Minnesota Duluth 2, tie (in Eveleth, Minn., exhibition game)

1978-79 -- Minnesota 5, UND 3 (in Eveleth, Minn., exhibition game)

UND in the Ice Breaker Invitational (event started in 1997)

2015 (Portland, Maine) -- UND 5, Lake Superior State 2; UND 1, Maine 1 (first place)

2011 (Grand Forks) -- UND 4, Air Force 3; Boston College 6, UND 2 (second place)

2008 (Boston) -- Boston University 5, UND 1; UMass 3, UND 2 (fourth place)

2000 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) -- UND 2, New Hampshire 2; UND 5, Michigan 5 (third place)

UND's history of exempt games since 1999

2022-23 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Arizona State in Las Vegas)

2021-22 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Penn State in Nashville)
2020-21 -- none (COVID-19 pandemic)

2019-20 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Michigan Tech, Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2018-19 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Minnesota, Las Vegas)

2017-18 -- at Alaska Anchorage

2016-17 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. RPI, Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2015-16 -- Ice Breaker Invitational (in Portland, Maine, vs. Lake Superior State and Maine)

2014-15 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Air Force, Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2013-14 -- Foreign trip (vs. U of British Columbia, Simon Fraser in Burnaby, B.C.)

2012-13 -- at Alaska Fairbanks tournament (vs. UAA, UAF)

2011-12 -- Ice Breaker Invitational (in Grand Forks, vs. Air Force and Boston College); at Alaska Anchorage

2010-11 -- at Alaska Anchorage tournament (vs. UAA, UAF); U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (at Minnesota Duluth, AmsOil Arena opening)

2009-10 -- at Alaska Anchorage

2008-09 -- at Ice Breaker Invitational (in Boston, vs. Boston University and UMass); at Alaska Anchorage

2007-08 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Michigan State, Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2006-07 -- at Alaska Anchorage

2005-06 -- at Alaska Anchorage

2004-05 -- at Alaska Anchorage

2003-04 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Minnesota Duluth, Ralph Engelstad Arena)

2002-03 -- at Alaska Anchorage

2001-02 -- U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game (vs. Minnesota, Ralph Engelstad Arena opening)

2000-01 -- Ice Breaker Invitational (at Ann Arbor, Mich., vs. New Hampshire and Michigan); at Alaska Anchorage

1999-00 -- at Alaska Anchorage

1998-99 -- none
UND's longest stretch without playing an NCAA opponent (as of 2021)
Dec. 28, 1966 -- Army
Dec. 30, 1983 -- Colgate
Dec. 29, 1991 -- UMass Lowell
Jan. 3, 1993 -- Bowling Green
Dec. 27, 2002 -- Brown
Dec. 29, 2006 -- Dartmouth
March 29, 2008 -- Princeton
Oct. 11, 2008 -- UMass

UND has never played several D-I college hockey teams: Arizona State (scheduled to play in 2022-23), Lindenwood (scheduled to play in 2022-23), Connecticut, Bentley, Mercyhurst, RIT, Sacred Heart, Long Island and St. Thomas.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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