The Notre Dame hockey team has released its schedule for the
1999-2000 season, after several summer-time adjustments to preliminary
The 39-game, regular-season schedule includes as many as 21
different opponents, with as many as 14 games versus teams that qualified
for the 12-team 1999 NCAA Championship. Headlining the non-conference
opponents are defending NCAA champion Maine (potential opponent), defending
NCAA runner-up New Hampshire, Colorado College (potential opponent) and the
University of Denver. Other non-league games are scheduled versus
Providence, Union College (potential opponent), Vermont, Massachusetts and
League play within the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will
take on a new form in 1999-2000, following the addition of the conference's
12th member, the University of Nebraska Omaha. Changes include an expanded
CCHA tournament format, some changes in start times and a 28-game
conference schedule (down from 30).
CCHA teams also will compete in three "clusters" of four teams
each-Notre Dame is clustered with Alaska Fairbanks, Nebraska Omaha and
Michigan State-resulting in an uneven numbers of games versus the various
league teams (four versus teams within one's cluster, two versus
out-of-cluster teams). Due to the new format, four CCHA teams will not
visit the Notre Dame Joyce Center in 1999-2000 while the Irish likewise
will not play away games versus four CCHA teams (see notes below).
Fans and media should be aware of the following adjustments to
earlier, non-official versions of the Irish schedule.
Finally, fans and media should be aware that the series at
Northern Michigan will be a Thursday-Friday format (Jan. 13-14).
The highlights of the 19-game home schedule include the Michigan
series (Oct. 7-8), the Princeton series (Dec. 19-20) and two games versus
Michigan State (Dec. 4 and March 3). Other teams that will visit the Joyce
Center include Wilfrid Laurier (Oct. 1), Miami (Oct. 28-29), Alaska
Fairbanks (Nov. 12-13), Massachusetts (Dec. 10-11), Lake Superior (Jan.
7-8), Western Michigan (Jan. 21-22) and Nebraska Omaha (Feb. 11-12).
Notre Dame's road schedule is particularly challenging, with
potentially 10 games away from home versus teams that made the 1999 NCAAs:
Denver (2), New Hampshire, Michigan State (2), Colorado College/Maine,
Northern Michigan (2) and Ohio State (2). The Irish will rack up plenty of
air miles during a 1999-2000 road schedule that will send them to six
different states: Colorado (twice), Michigan (four times), Nebraska, New
Hampshire, Alaska and Ohio (twice).
Notre Dame's first roadtrip will see the Irish face Providence at
the Ice Breaker Cup (Oct. 15, 4:35 p.m.), hosted by the University of
Denver. The Irish then will play host DU or Union on Oct. 16 (games times
at 4:35 and 7:35). After the Oct. 23-24 Ferris State series, Notre Dame
will return to the road at Nebraska Omaha (Nov. 5-6) before spending
Thanksgiving weekend in New Hampshire. The first semester road schedule
concludes with a Dec. 3 game at Michigan State.
The Irish will ring in the New Year at the Denver Cup, with the
final roadtrips taking Notre Dame to Northern Michigan (Jan. 13-14), Alaska
Fairbanks (Jan. 28-29), Ohio State (Feb. 4-5), Bowling Green (Feb. 18-19.
7:35 starts) and Michigan State (March 4).
All games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., unless noted above.
CCHA NOTES: The CCHA Tournament will expand from an eight to a 10-team
field, with the top five hosting first-round, best-of-three series
(Fri.-Sun., March 10-12) ... after the remaining teams are re-seeded, the
No. 4 team will host the No. 5 team in a "play-in" game (Tues., March 14),
with the winner advancing to the championship (March 17-18, at Joe Louis
Arena in Detroit) ... CCHA teams were provided the option to begin home
games at 7:05 or 7:35 p.m., to accommodate fans who missed the start of
Friday night games because of work commitments ... the change to five
minutes past the hour and half-hour will help radio broadcasts meet
advertising commitments and creates a uniform start time with TV ... two
CCHA schools opted for the late starting times: Bowling Green will start
all its home games at 7:35 while Michigan's Friday home games will begin at
7:35, while Saturday home games remain at 7:05 ... under the new cluster
format, the geographically "extreme" schools (Alaska Fairbanks and Nebraska
Omaha, Northern Michigan and Lake Superior, Ohio State and Miami) were
paired together ... each team plays the other teams in its cluster four
times-twice at home and twice on the road-while also hosting two teams and
visiting the other two from each of the other clusters ... each team is
scheduled to visit only one of the "extreme" schools in the other clusters,
in order to control travel costs ... while the schedule initially was
designed as two-game weekend series, some teams took advantage of the
option to play home-and-home series ... CCHA members have committed to the
"cluster" format for three seasons, during which the "local" teams will
rotate clusters and partners ... the other CCHA clusters include Lake
Superior-Northern Michigan-Ferris State-Western Michigan and Miami-Ohio
State-Bowling Green-Michigan ... due to the cluster format, the following
teams will not visit the Joyce Center during the 1999-2000 regular season:
Northern Michigan, Ferris State, Ohio State and Bowling Green ... on the
flip side, Notre Dame will not pay regular-season visits in 1999-2000 to
Lake Superior, Western Michigan, Miami or Michigan ... the NCAA regionals
will be held March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn., and Albany, N.Y. (there
will be an off-week between the CCHA final and the start of NCAA play) ...
the NCAA semifinals and final will be held April 6 and 8, at the Providence
(R.I.) Civic Center.
FULL SCHEDULE TO FOLLOW
1999-2000 Notre Dame Hockey Schedule
(as of July 26)
FRI. 1 Wilfrid Laurier (exhib.) JOYCE CENTER 7:05 p.m.
THU. 7 *Michigan JOYCE CENTER 7:05 p.m.
FRI. 8 *michigan JOYCE CENTER 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 15 +vs. Providence Denver, CO 4:35 p.m.
Sat. 16 +vs. Denver or Union Denver, CO 4:35/7:35 p.m.
Sat. 23 *at Ferris State Big Rapids, MI 7:05 p.m.
Sun. 24 *vs. Ferris State (Van Andel Arena) Grand Rapids, MI 5:05 p.m.
THU. 28 *Miami UNIVERSITY Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
FRI. 29 *Miami UNIVERSITY Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Home games in all caps ... all listings indicate local starting time * -
Central Collegiate Hockey Association game + - Ice Breaker Tournament
(Denver, Colorado) ^ - Norwest Denver Cup (Denver,
Fri. 5 *at Nebraska-Omaha Omaha, NE 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 6 *at Nebraska-Omaha Omaha, NE 7:05 p.m.
FRI. 12 *alaska fairbanks JOYCE CENTER 7:05 p.m.
SAT. 13 *alaska fairbanks JOYCE CENTER 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 27 at New Hampshire Durham, NH 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 28 vs. Vermont (at UNH) Durham, NH 2:00 p.m.
Fri. 3 *at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 4 *Michigan State Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 10 UMass-Amherst Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 11 UMass-Amherst Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun. 19 Princeton Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Mon. 20 Princeton Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 31 ^at Denver Denver, CO 7:35 p.m.
Sat. 1 ^vs. Colorado College or Maine Denver, CO 4:35/7:35 p.m.
Fri. 7 *Lake Superior State Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 8 *Lake Superior State Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Thu. 13 *at Northern Michigan Marquette, MI 8:05 p.m.
Fri. 14 *at Northern Michigan Marquette, MI 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 21 *Western Michigan Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 22 *Western Michigan Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 28 *at Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 29 *at Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 4 *at Ohio State Columbus, OH 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 5 *at Ohio State Columbus, OH 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 11 *Nebraska-Omaha Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
SAT. 12 *Nebraska-Omaha JOYCE CENTER 7:05 p.m.
Fri. 18 *at Bowling Green Bowling Green, OH 7:35 p.m.
Sat. 19 *at Bowling Green Bowling Green, OH 7:35 p.m.
FRI. 3 *Michigan State Joyce Center 7:05 p.m.
Sat. 4 *at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 7:05 p.m.
Fri.- 10- CCHA Tournament TBA TBA
Sun. 12 (home sites, best 2-of-3) TBA TBA
Tue. 14 CCHA Tournament Play-In TBA TBA
Fri. 17 CCHA Semifinals (Joe Louis Arena) Detroit, MI TBA
sat. 18 CCHA Final (Joe Louis Arena) Detroit, MI TBA
Fri.- 24- NCAA Regional TBA
(Minneapolis, MN or Albany, NY) TBA
Thu. 6 NCAA Semifinals Providence, RI TBA
Sat. 8 NCAA Final (Providence Civic Center) TBA