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NBCSN to air more than 20 NCAA hockey games this season

Oct 11, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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It’s a great day for college hockey and its fans as they will have more reasons to tune in on Friday nights throughout the season.

NBC announced they’ve struck a deal with the University of Notre Dame to carry Fighting Irish home games from Compton Family Ice Arena for the next three years.

This season alone will see NBCSN carry 20 games over the air, including 12 from Notre Dame. This season, the Fighting Irish moved into Hockey East which means heated games against classic college hockey stalwarts like Boston College, Boston University, and New Hampshire as well as rising programs in Providence College and UMass-Lowell.

Coverage begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET with Notre Dame hosting coach Andy Murray‘s Western Michigan Broncos.

As for the full slate of games to be aired this season, here’s the schedule (all times Eastern):

  • October 11 Western Michigan – Notre Dame 8 p.m.
  • October 25 Massachusetts – Maine 8 p.m.
  • November 1 Northeastern – Boston College 8 p.m.
  • November 8 Minnesota – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • November 15 Merrimack – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • November 22 North Dakota – Boston University 7:30 p.m.
  • December 6 Massachusetts – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • December 7 Massachusetts – Notre Dame 6:30 p.m.
  • December 13 Colorado College – Wisconsin 7:30 p.m.
  • January 10 Alabama Huntsville – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • January 17 Lake Superior State – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • January 18 Penn State – Michigan State 6:30 p.m.
  • January 24 Northeastern – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • January 25 Northeastern – Notre Dame 7:00 p.m.
  • January 31 Boston University – Massachusetts 7:30 p.m.
  • February 1 Wisconsin – Michigan 6:30 p.m.
  • February 7 Maine – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • February 8 Maine – Notre Dame 8 p.m.
  • February 14 Boston University – New Hampshire 7 p.m.
  • February 15 Wisconsin – Ohio State 8 p.m.
  • February 21 Boston University – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
  • March 1 Penn State – Minnesota TBD

Coverage doesn’t stop there as there will be eight games carried via NBC Sports Live Extra as well:

  • October 18 Michigan Tech – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • November 9 Minnesota – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
  • November 16 Merrimack – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
  • November 29 Alabama Huntsville – Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
  • November 30 Shillelagh Tournament 7:30 p.m.
  • January 11 Alabama Huntsville – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
  • January 18 Lake Superior State – Notre Dame 7 p.m.
  • February 22 Boston University – Notre Dame 7 p.m.

If you haven’t gotten to know coach Jeff Jackson’s Notre Dame squad before, you can get a crash course in that this season. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked eighth in the country in the USA Hockey/USA Today poll.

Related: NBCSN to air five Big Ten men’s hockey games

  1. curioustraveler13 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Thank you! I for one am interested to see how penn state does this year. I hope this helps the sport grow in popularity.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      It will be interesting. I think they are gonna get spanked around during stupid conference play. Big 10 hockey is the dumbest thing. I guess money means more than traditions.

      Penn State is gonna get welcomed into d-1 hockey with conference rivals of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State. They may not win 1 conference game.

  2. jpelle82 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    its a great day for notre dame fans maybe. i’m sure ratings will be through the roof when they play alabama huntsville…geez.

  3. ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    sick. what a year. NHL’s back with a full season. Olympics. College hockey on TV. my girlfriend’s gonna hate me this winter.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Mine already does after making her watch the Blues-Hawks game. Good thing we have aprojector and a TV in the living room and hockey can be watched on mute, or else I would be single already.

  4. jmooser - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    This is great! I loved going to the hockey games almost as much as football when I was there. Haven’t made it back up to see a game in the new arena yet. Anything is better than the wobbly bleachers at the JACC!

  5. thethorntonstrokes - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Ughh stop with the Notre Dame

  6. 2dimesandanickelback - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Go Michigan Tech!

  7. exiledinmaine - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    They missed one great rivalry game. BC vs BU

  8. nj666 - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I wonder if they’ll play any Norte Dame games…?

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