Two of the top women’s teams from the country’s premier hockey conference will battle in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic, Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. CST, at Maple Grove Ice Arena in Maple Grove, Minn.

The contest will feature the University of St. Thomas against Minnesota State University, two members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The teams will battle for the Hall of Fame Game Trophy.

The annual game raises awareness for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth, Minn., and showcases women’s college hockey at its highest level.

“Maple Grove Ice Arena is an outstanding venue to host the Hall of Fame game,” commented Mavericks’ head coach John Harrington.  “One of the major goals of Division I Women’s hockey is to encourage young girls to become interested in our game.  The Face-Off Classic provides them an opportunity to see our student-athletes as role models and leaders as they attend school and compete at the highest level.”

Joel Johnson, Tommies’ head coach, said “We are excited to be a part of the Hall of Fame game and know it is a privilege to be a part of this event as we help promote the game of hockey.
I have no question that the building will be packed, and it should be a great atmosphere for college hockey. I am confident that the youth teams from the Maple Grove community will bring energy and excitement, which will raise the intensity for the players and coaches and hopefully make for a great competitive environment.”

Molly Elfstrand, Crimson Booster Club president, said “Just like many other communities that love living in the State of Hockey, Maple Grove is no different. This Hall of Fame game is an awesome way to continue to get more exposure for girls’ hockey in our community. There is a great deal of support and energy tied to this event and we are looking forward to having a NCAA Division one women’s game in our backyard. This game allows the girls, families and our community to recognize that through continued confidence, hard work and commitment, the goal of playing DI hockey can become a reality.”

Additional event details and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.


The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum ( opened in 1973 with the goal of preserving the rich history of ice hockey in the United States while recognizing the extraordinary contributions of select players, coaches, administrators, officials and teams.