ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota schools playing NCAA Division I men’s hockey will be split among three conferences next season. They’ll still try to make intra-state games an annual January event.

The five teams announced Saturday they’ll play a four-game tournament at Xcel Energy Center, with Minnesota serving as permanent host and the other four schools sharing the three other spots on a rotating basis. The yet-to-be-named event will feature semifinal games Friday and a consolation and championship game Saturday.

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In 2014, on Jan.24, Minnesota State will play Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State will play Minnesota. Bemidji State will participate in 2015.

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Minnesota will join the Big Ten, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State will help start the NCHC and Minnesota State and Bemidji State will remain in the WCHA.

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