The Friendship Four, the only American college ice hockey tournament held outside the US, is set to get underway in Belfast on Friday.
Four teams – Quinnipiac University, University of Vermont, St Lawrence University and University of Massachusetts – will face off for the Belpot trophy this weekend.
The Vermont team visited Black Mountain Primary School in Belfast and Head Coach Kevin Sneddon told UTV his players enjoyed getting to meet the pupils.
He said: “It’s just really part of the Friendship Four, tying to bring everyone together and it's a great experience for our student athletes to be able to come into schools and have a lot of fun with the little kids, teaching them about the sport.
“This is something we’ve been looking forward to for over a year now.”
Teams set to travel from the US to Belfast for the next two years of the Friendship Four ice hockey tournament have been unveiled in Boston.
Belfast will host the Friendship Four tournament for a further two years after its success in becoming one of NI's most televised events.
The Vermont Catamounts won out over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in Saturday’s Friendship Four grand final to lift the Belpot trophy.