Notre Dame Hockey Officially Joins Big Ten

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In March 2016, the Big Ten announced the addition of Notre Dame as its seventh men's hockey team.

Fifteen months later, the Fighting Irish are on the brink of their first season in the conference, which also includes Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.

Previously, Notre Dame was independent of a conference label and was granted the ability to pick and choose which sports to affiliate itself with, so long as the chosen conference accepted.

As the Irish were officially welcomed into the fold earlier this month, the Big Ten announced that conference play would shift from a 20-game format to a 24-game layout with the addition of the new team.

Notre Dame is entering its 58th season and its 12th under the watch of coach Jeff Jackson. In Jackson's tenure, the Fighting Irish have reached the NCAA tournament eight times and have made three Frozen Four appearances, including in the 2016-17 season.

Notre Dame is scheduled to make its Big Ten debut in a series at Ohio State on November 3-4 -- the Irish's first game against the Buckeyes since the 2014 Shillelagh Tournament and first trip to Columbus since 2013.

The Fighting Irish will host their first Big Ten series the following weekend against defending Big Ten Tournament champion Penn State on November 10-11.

The gold helmet clad team will wrap up non-conference play the weekend of November 17. The winter semester will see the Irish play 12 consecutive games against their Big Ten opponents before heading into the 2018 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, which newly formatted to take place in the first three weekends of March at the higher-seeded teams' campuses.

'If You Ain't First, You're Last': Erie Otters Take Step Back In OHL

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By Jacob Messing

A historic Erie Otters season ended suddenly in late May when host Windsor defeated the regular season champions 4-3 for the Memorial Cup, given to the winner of a four-team tournament played

Knights Have ‘Golden’ NHL Debut

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By Jacob Messing

The past few months have been full of firsts for the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s 31st franchise.

In March they signed Brandon Wheat Kings center Reid Duke, in June they sifted through opposing rosters during the expansion draft and selected one player from each team, and later in the summer they unveiled their home jerseys.

10 NCAA Players To Watch In 2017-18

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By Jacob Messing

The wait is almost over for hockey fans.

Social media is teeming with #IsItOctoberYet, NHL training camps have started, and teams are beginning to take shape. But mid-September doesn’t just mean a new professional season; the puck is set to drop October 1 for college hockey.

Who Will Replace Nashville's Ryan Ellis?

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By Jacob Messing

Last week, the Nashville Predators announced they would be without rising defenseman Ryan Ellis until the turn of the calendar year. The 26-year-old Canadian is recovering from offseason knee surgery and has not begun skating yet.

Intersection Of NHL Trading Trends And Matt Duchene Deal

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By Jacob Messing

Is Nugent-Hopkins A Fit As Penguins Third Line Center?

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By Jacob Messing

A New Test For Griffins’ Sadowy

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By Jacob Messing

The last three years have been complicated for Dylan Sadowy.

He’s played in the OHL, AHL, and ECHL, been drafted into the NHL by one team, and traded to another -- although he’s yet to play a game in the world’s best league.

5 Best NHL Players On Each Side Of 30

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By Jacob Messing

Earlier this month, Sidney Crosby turned 30 years old, and even at that benchmark age the Pittsburgh Penguins captain still remains at the forefront of any argument about who is the best player in the world.

However, that’s not to say a new generation of budding stars won’t be entering the conversation soon.

The NHL is becoming increasingly younger, and 20-year-old phenom Connor McDavid highlights the future of the game. So, rather than compare them -- given that Crosby has 10 years on the Edmonton Oilers’ young captain -- we decided to break down the best players by age groups, those above 30 and those below.

AHL Sophomores To Watch In 2017-18

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By Jacob Messing

Late summer is typically when hockey fans ask, “Is it October yet?”

While the start of the season is still a long way off, camps begin in a month -- a time for high-end prospects and AHL players to get good, long looks from their coaches as teams push for roster spots and players seek to fulfill their NHL dreams.

Why Danis Zaripov Won’t Find An NHL Home

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By Jacob Messing

KHL star Danis Zaripov is reportedly eyeing to play his hockey stateside after a two-year ban from the International Ice Hockey Federation for a failed drug test. Both organizations follow the policies of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), resulting in Russian side AK Bars Kazan voiding Zaripov’s recently signed two-year deal.