Junior center Riley Sheahan signs autographs at the 2011

Irish Icers To Practice On The Pond, Friday, Feb. 4

Jan. 31, 2011

Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame hockey team will get a chance to return to its hockey roots on Friday, Feb. 4th when the Irish move practice from the Joyce Center to “Practice On The Pond” at Merrifield Park in Mishawaka, Ind. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. with the players scheduled to hit the ice at 4:30 and will run until 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This popular practice gives fans a chance to meet the Irish hockey team and to get autographs from their favorite players.

Cat Country 99.9 FM, the flagship radio station for Notre Dame hockey, and play-by-play man Darin Pritchett will be on hand for a live remote from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will have hockey prizes and memorabilia that fans in attendance will have a chance to win.

Free hot chocolate will be provided to all fans in attendance. Dress warm and come watch Notre Dame’s hockey team up close and personal.

This marks Irish hockey’s fourth trip to practice outdoors at Merrifield Park with the first practice coming in January of the 2007-08 season. Last year, the Irish practiced on the outdoor rink Feb. 12 during their bye week.

The Irish are currently in their bye week and will return to action on Friday, Feb. 11 when they play host to the Bowling Green Falcons at the Joyce Center.

Notre Dame enters the week with a 16-9-5 overall record and are ranked 10th in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls. In the CCHA, the Irish are currently first with a 13-6-3-2 record, good for 44 points, one point better than second-place Michigan and the Wolverines have two games in hand.