KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Sports Commission in collaboration with College Hockey Inc., announced on Tuesday that Kansas City will host the 2012 Ice Breaker tournament.

The 16th annual Ice Breaker tournament will take place October 12-13, 2012, at the Sprint Center and will feature Army, Notre Dame, Maine and Nebraska-Omaha.  All four teams have made previous appearances in the tournament with the 2012 event marking Maine’s fourth appearance, Notre Dame’s third appearance and UNO and Army’s second appearance.

Notable forces in college hockey, Notre Dame finished the 2010-2011 season 25-14-5 and reached the semifinals in the NCAA Frozen Four.

“We are extremely excited to be invited to college hockey’s premier showcase, the Ice Breaker tournament,” Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said.  “We look forward to opening the 2012-13 season in a great hockey city and in an NHL-caliber building like Sprint Center.  Hockey fans in Kansas City will definitely be entertained with some great college hockey from four great programs.”

College Hockey Inc. executive director Paul Kelly said, “Kansas City will be an excellent site for the Ice Breaker Tournament to start the 2012-13 college hockey season. We have been very impressed with the first-class facility at the Sprint Center, the beautiful city and the commitment of the community to make this event a success. It will be a memorable experience for both the student-athletes and the fans.”