A Holiday Hockey Treat

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When Notre Dame announced last month that the Fighting Irish hockey team would be moving to the Hockey East beginning in 2013-14, it also announced that home games would be televised on the NBC Sports Network. Though that television deal does not kick off until Notre Dame begins play in the Hockey East, fans will have an opportunity to catch the Irish on national television when they host Boston University on Dec. 31.

Earlier today, NBC Sports Group announced a 16-game collegiate hockey package, which launches on New Year's Eve at the Compton Family Ice Arena. The Irish will face off against the Terriers in what will be one of the final broadcasts on Versus, before it is officially re-branded as the NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2.

The weather is still nice here in South Bend and I am in no hurry to rush the holiday season, but this announcement should give fans an early look at Irish hockey on the NBC Sports Network, and something to look forward to while preparing to ring in 2012.

Visit College Hockey News for a complete schedule of NBC's college broadcasts.

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