October 4, 2011

Reports: Notre Dame set to join Hockey East

Staff Report

The Notre Dame men’s hockey program, which is coming off a Frozen Four season and is currently ranked No. 1 in Division I, is expected to leave the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for Hockey East in 2013-14, according to multiple news reports. 

Hockey East announced Tuesday that it and Notre Dame will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on the campus of Notre Dame at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna (Arlington, Mass.), along with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Boston University athletic director Mike Lynch and Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson will participate in the press conference.

The Fighting Irish reportedly passed up a chance to join the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which was formed in July by schools from the CCHA and WCHA who will not be part of the new Big 10 hockey conference in 2013-14.

On Sunday, the NCHC issued a statement that it would have only eight teams for 2013-14, its first season, ending speculation that Notre Dame would join its league.

Hockey East last expanded prior to the 2005-06 season when Vermont became the league’s 10th team.