Belfast, Northern Ireland

November 27th, 2015 to November 28th, 2015

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Councillor Arder Carson, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland and representatives from the hockey community in 2015 to announce the first-ever "The Friendship Four," an international hockey tournament in Belfast featuring hockey teams from Northeastern, UMass Lowell, Brown and Colgate competing for the Belpot Trophy. 

In addition to playing a pair of games at the SSE Arena in Belfast that sparked a second half turnaround, resulting in the 2016 Hockey East Championship, the Huskies also had the opportunity to visit two schools in the area to talk with students about their experiences and responsibilities as Division I student-athletes.



John Stevens
"The game of hockey has given me so many great experiences throughout my life, and there is one in particular that will stick with me. Our trip to Belfast was a once in a lifetime opportunity to share and experience life, hockey, culture and academics in a foreign country.  Being able to influence and experience the amazing Northern Irish culture allowed our team to bond on a new level. This trip was the starting point to one of the most amazing runs and seasons that I have ever been apart of."
Jim Madigan
"Our trip to Belfast was a trip of a lifetime. We were able to enjoy a first-class hockey experience but equally important was being able to explore another part of the world rich with history and tradition. Our players had the unique opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Belfast and Northern Ireland, visit young students in two elementary schools and interact daily with the wonderful people of Belfast who welcomed us so graciously into their city. This experience broadened our student-athletes perspective on life and help them realize the importance of appreciating different views and cultures."