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    Hear It From a Student - The House That Jackson Is Building

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    "Why, as a matter of fact, I suggested [starting a hockey program] to Father Callahan, our president. He was downright interested until we came to the use of sticks, and then he threw up his hands. He said, 'No, that game is not for our University. Notre Dame will never endorse any game that puts a club in the hands of an Irishman.' "
    - Knute Rockne: All American

    As it has now been more than 70 years since the South Bend premiere of Knute Rockne: All American, Notre Dame has experienced some changes since the days of the greatest football coach of all time.

    Not only is there now a hockey team, but the program has also become one of the greatest in the nation. Today, the Sporting News hockey yearbook ranked Notre Dame the No. 1 team in the country in its preseason poll, according to a tweet by Darin Pritchett of WSBT Radio.

    The Irish are in the middle of their greatest stretch in team history, which started when head coach Jeff Jackson took over in 2005. Jackson has led Notre Dame to four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last five years, including two Frozen Four showings.

    Sporting News' ranking shows just how far the hockey team has come over the last half-decade. The University has likewise recognized the importance of the program with the Compton Family Ice Arena, a state-of-the-art facility to host one of the country's premier teams. It's great to see such a well-performing team rewarded with upgraded home ice.

    The future of Notre Dame hockey is as bright as it has ever been. Perhaps if the success continues, Compton Family will earn the moniker of "The House that Jackson Built."

    - Craig Chval ('15)

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    Craig Chval is right on with his comments about ND hockey.I played against the ND Hockey Club Team in 1966 before they went varsity team status with Coach Lefty Smith in 1968.I played against the '68 team when I was playing at MSU.No question, Coach Jackson has taken the program to new heighs!!The new arena will only enhance the outstanding hockey program currently at ND.I know, I am looking forward to watching hockey in the Lefty Smith Arena in the Compton Family Center this Winter. Mike Olson, MSU '70.

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