From playing on frozen lakes around the Notre Dame campus to an outdoor rink near Badin Hall and South Bend’s Howard Park Rink, from the Joyce Center and, now, to the state-of-the-art Compton Family Ice Arena, the Notre Dame Hockey program has experienced a little bit of everything in its on-again, off-again 100-year-plus history.
Ice hockey has existed as both a club and varsity sport at Notre Dame since 1912. In fact, many of Knute Rockne's football players, including Jim Crowley, Hunk Anderson, and Tom Leib, used to lace up their skates and hit the ice in the offseason.
The modern era of Notre Dame Hockey began in 1968, when the Fighting Irish began play as a Division I independent. The team joined its first conference, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, in 1971. A decade later, the team moved to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Under current head coach Jeff Jackson and assistant coaches Paul Pooley and Andy Slaggert, the Irish have transformed into a perennial national championship contender. In 2007, the Irish achieved their first ever number one ranking in both the Uscho.com and USA Today Polls and their first number one seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
Through the program's history, the Irish have appeared in three Frozen Fours, won three Central Collegiate Hockey Association Conference Championships, made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, and produced twelve All-Americans. Many of these accomplishments have happened within the last decade.
Twenty-eight former Irish players have worn NHL jerseys, and a handful of those have gone on to drink from the Stanley Cup.
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