Multiple sources are reporting that the University of Notre Dame will be headed to the Big Ten hockey conference beginning with the 2017-18 campaign.
The Fighting Irish have spent the last three seasons in Hockey East after leaving the dissolving Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 2013. Notre Dame (19-10-7 overall) has gone 60-44-14 overall in its three seasons in Hockey East, according to USCHO.com.
The Irish spent the previous 21 seasons in the CCHA, winning two regular-season championships and three playoff titles, including the final Mason Cup in 2013. Prior to that, UND spent eight years as an independent team, after two seasons in the CCHA and 10 years in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The program was reborn as an independent varsity team in 1968 following a 41-year-hiatus.
The 13th-ranked Irish, who were swept by Northeastern in the Hockey East quarterfinals earlier this month, will face former CCHA and (future Big Ten) foe Michigan on Saturday in an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal. The winner will meet the victor of the North Dakota-Northeastern contest for a berth in the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four.