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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota will renew their storied hockey rivalry in three years.

The two NCAA Division I powerhouses have agreed to terms on a two-year deal that will renew a rivalry that dates back to 1930.

The Gophers will host North Dakota for a two-game series during the 2016-17 season and then travel to Grand Forks for a series the following season. Dates for both series will be determined later.

“This is a rivalry that our fans, alumni and team look forward to renewing,” UND head coach Dave Hakstol said Thursday in a statement. “It is one of the most heated in all of college sports.”

The former Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes played each year from 1948 to 2013 before conference realignment put Minnesota in the Big Ten and UND in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

“We’re thrilled to officially get North Dakota back on our schedule and to renew one of the greatest rivalries in our sport,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said in a statement. “This rivalry is great for our programs, great for college hockey and great for our fans, and we’re excited to bring North Dakota back to Mariucci Arena.”

The two programs have combined for 39 Frozen Four appearances and a dozen national championships.

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