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Family-owned hockey equipment and apparel company to sponsor 2020 Minnesota Cup
WCHA Announces Partnership With Duluth Hockey Company
Family-owned hockey equipment and apparel company to sponsor 2020 Minnesota Cup

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 25, 2019 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association today announced hockey equipment and apparel outlet Duluth Hockey Company as the sponsor of the 2020 Minnesota Cup.

Returning for its second year in 2020, the Minnesota Cup annually pits four of the five women's collegiate hockey programs in Minnesota against each other in a two-day tournament. This year's installment will be played Jan. 4-5 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., and will feature Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State.

"The WCHA is excited to announce Duluth Hockey Company as our presenting sponsor for the 2020 Minnesota Cup," WCHA Women's League Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. "DHC is synonymous with hockey in the Duluth area and brings a local connection to an outstanding event. We are thankful to James Stauber and his staff for coming on board and joining forces with us as we continue to promote and celebrate women's hockey in Minnesota."

Founded in 1990 by brothers John, James, Dan, Pete, Robb and Bill Stauber as Stauber Brothers, Duluth Hockey Company has grown into one of the most well-respected hockey equipment and apparel distributors in the sport. Headquartered in Duluth, Minn., DHC has served the Duluth community and the wider hockey world for nearly 30 years.

"It is with great pride that we announce our support of the Women's WCHA Minnesota Cup," Duluth Hockey Company President & CEO James Stauber said. "With this year's event being held at Duluth's AMSOIL Arena, we found it fitting that we extend our support to help promote and grow the women's game. We have long supported girls and women's hockey and this event culminates those efforts. We look forward to a great weekend of hockey and we thank WCHA Commissioner Jennifer Flowers for reaching out to the Duluth Hockey Company and for providing us this opportunity."

The 2020 Minnesota Cup will open Jan. 4 with St. Cloud State facing Bemidji State and Minnesota State taking on host Minnesota Duluth. Consolation and championship games will be played Jan. 5.

About Duluth Hockey Company

Duluth Hockey Company (formerly Stauber Brothers) is owned by six hockey playing brothers born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota; John, James, Dan, Pete, Robb and Bill Stauber. In 1990, after a significant amount of planning and preparation, the Stauber Brothers opened their doors for business. For the past 29 years, the brothers and their team of employees, who are all very active in the hockey community, have dedicated their efforts to providing exceptional customer service and products to loyal customers who call Duluth Hockey Company their home.

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League

The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marking its 21st season in 2019-20. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 101 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit wcha.com.