Friday, June 12, 2015

Arizona State to Host Desert Classic in January

Arizona State University will host the inaugural Desert Hockey Classic on Oct. 8-9 in Tempe, at a facility to be determined.

The tournament, which takes the place of an originally-scheduled two-game series with Yale University, will include ASU, Yale, Michigan Tech University and the University of Connecticut. It will also mark ASU's only home games against NCAA competition next season.

The Sun Devils, 2013-14 ACHA national club champions, are entering their first season as an NCAA Division I independent. After a contest against longtime ACHA rival Arizona on Oct. 3, ASU will open its 2015-16 NCAA slate in Anchorage, Alaska on Oct. 9-10 at the Kendall Hockey Classic, with games against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska (Fairbanks).

ASU will be the 60th school to currently sponsor men's ice hockey at the NCAA Division I level.

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