Notre Dame hockey will appear twice on the NBC Sports Network during the 2011-12 season.

Irish Hockey To Appear Twice On NBC Sports Network's College Hockey Schedule

Nov. 2, 2011

New York, N.Y. – The NBC Sports Group will air 16 live college hockey games this season on NBC Sports Network, including four from the Hockey East Tournament (one Quarterfinal, both Semifinals and the Final). This season’s schedule, which marks the first time that the NBC Sports Group will air college hockey games, was developed through partnerships with numerous collegiate hockey associations and universities.

The coverage includes a pair of Notre Dame hockey games – the Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve game against Boston University from the Compton Family Ice Arena will be on VERSUS and the Jan. 20 home game against Michigan will be on the rebranded NBC Sports Network. The game with Boston University drops the puck on NBC’s 16-game college hockey schedule.

The coverage begins on VERSUS, which will be rebranded as the NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2, on Saturday, December 31, when No. 4 Notre Dame hosts No. 12 Boston University at 7 p.m. ET. The remainder of this season’s schedule, which includes a game each Friday in primetime starting in January, will be seen on NBC Sports Network. The schedule culminates with live coverage of the Hockey East Tournament with a Quarterfinal game on March 9, as well as both Semifinals and the Final on March 16 and 17, 2012, respectively, from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

“We are excited to be launching our first-ever college hockey package by building a destination on Friday nights on the NBC Sports Network with many of the preeminent brands in the sport,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports Group.

The college hockey telecasts will be produced by the same Emmy Award-winning team that oversees all of the NHL games for the NBC Sports Group, led by Sam Flood, Executive Producer for NBC Sports and VERSUS.

The NBC Sports Group also recently announced a multi-year deal with Notre Dame to have their home games televised on the NBC Sports Network beginning with the 2013-14 season, when the school joins Hockey East.

The 16-game NBC schedule includes game from Hockey East, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the ECAC Hockey League. The Notre Dame – Michigan game is the lone CCHA contest on the schedule.

The addition of these two games increases Notre Dame’s 2011-12 television schedule to 14 regular-season games.

2011-12 Notre Dame Television Schedule
Saturday, October 15 Ohio State Comcast 7:05 p.m.Friday, October 28 at Bowling Green Comcast 7:05 p.m.Tuesday, November 15 Western Michigan Comcast 7:05 p.m.Friday, November 18 Boston College CBS Sports 7:35 p.m.Tuesday, November 22 at Western Michigan Comcast 7:05 p.m.Saturday, December 31 Boston University VERSUS 7:05 p.m.Saturday, January 7 at Minnesota Big Ten Network 7:07 p.m.(CT)Friday, January 13 Western Michigan CBS Sports 7:35 p.m.Friday, January 20 Michigan NBC Sports Network 7:35 p.m.Saturday, January 21 Michigan CBS Sports 7:35 p.m.Saturday, February 11 Ferris State Comcast 7:05 p.m.Friday, February 17 at Miami CBS Sports 7:35 p.m.Friday, February 24 Michigan State CBS Sports 8:35 p.m.Saturday, February 25 Michigan State Comcast 7:35 p.m.

Games in Bold are NBC Sports Network games

Schedule and times subject to change