Ice Breaker Tournament

2018 Ice Breaker Tournament, Presented by lecom

The Erie Sports Commission and Mercyhurst University will host the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament in Erie, Pa.! One of the premier NCAA Division I ice hockey tournaments in the nation, the event will be hosted at Erie Insurance Arena October 12-13, 2018 with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) serving as the event’s title sponsor.  The tournament will feature the University of Notre Dame, Providence College, Miami University and Mercyhurst University. 

The Ice Breaker Tournament, the traditional start to the college ice hockey season, annually brings together four of the nation’s top teams from four different conferences. The event is hosted by College Hockey Inc. and began in 1997. Read the release here.

Tickets are on sale now! Get a Weekend Pass (all four games) for $49, or a Single Day Pass for $29. (prices plus taxes, fees)


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Tournament Schedule:
Friday, October 12

4:00 p.m. #5 Providence College vs. Miami University
7:30 p.m. #2 University of Notre Dame vs. Mercyhurst University 

Saturday, October 13

4:00 p.m. Consolation Game - Mercyhurst University vs Miami University
7:30 p.m. Championship Game - #2 University of Notre Dame vs #4 Providence College

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Tournament Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors and media partners for helping to ensure the success of the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament, presented by LECOM!

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Team Sponsors


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About Erie, Pennsylvania

 Erie is Pennsylvania's fourth largest city, centrally located between Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo. As Pennsylvania's only port on the Great Lakes, Erie has an extensive maritime history, a wealth of natural beauty, active cultural and arts scenes, diverse ethnic heritage, and first-rate sports teams. Erie offers the cultural and entertainment options you'd expect from a big city, with the friendliness and leisurely pace of a smaller town. Click here to learn more about all that Erie has to offer. 

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Erie Attractions

In between games, visit some of Erie's great restaurants and attractions! For a full list of entertainment options, check out


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Presque Isle Downs and Casino

Join the excitement of the hottest gaming action around at Presque Isle Downs & Casino, northwestern Pennsylvania’s premier gambling destination and racetrack! Try your luck at 1,580 slot machines, 32 table games and 9 poker tables, or place your bets on off-track and live thoroughbred racing. Find out more about Presque Isle Downs and Casino here.




Presque Isle State Park

Nestled between the shores of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay is Erie’s top attraction – Presque Isle State Park. With sandy beaches and endless outdoor recreation, Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) is a National Natural Landmark and one of Pennsylvania’s top vacation destinations, welcoming over 4 million visitors annually. Explore on foot, wheels, surreys, skis, pontoons and kayaks. Learn more about the many activities at Presque Isle State Park here



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Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park

One of the largest indoor water parks in the Eastern United States is right here in Erie, Pa.! Splash Lagoon is 84 degrees year-round, and features nine slides, pools, hot tubs, a 12-level interactive Tree House, ropes course, a 200,000-gallon wave pool and fun for the whole family. For rates and information, click here!




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Tax-free shopping

Great deals, locally crafted gifts, and homegrown products, as well as all of your favorite national brands can easily be found throughout Erie County! The best part? Pennsylvania has no sales tax on clothing and apparel, so your money goes farther! The Millcreek Mall Complex features more than 150 stores, restaurants and plazas on Upper Peach Street. There you'll find all of your favorite big box stores and numerous plazas full of great deals. Scattered throughout Downtown and Erie County, you'll find numerous boutiques, consignment stores, thrift shops, antique markets and gift shops each with its own unique personality. Plan your shopping adventure here


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Pennsylvania's moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best grape-growing conditions on the East Coast. Sip on an  award-winning Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Country Red or a variety of fruit wines at any of the 25 distinct wineries that span PA and NY along the southern shores of Lake Erie, making up Lake Erie Wine Country. With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks fourth nationally in the amount of grapes grown and eighth in wine production. Not a wine person? The region is also home to eleven breweries that make up the Lake Erie Ale Trail. Each brewery refines its beer from simple ingredients, mixing in a passion for the craft with a personable twist that gives uniqueness to an ever-expanding assortment of flavors, styles and funky names. 

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