Notre Dame hockey players drink hot chocolate and sign autographs at Merrifield Park during the 2009 "Practice on the Pond."

Irish Icers To "Practice On The Pond" Friday, February 12

Feb. 5, 2010

Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame hockey team will return to its hockey roots on Friday, February 12 when the Irish move practice from the Joyce Center to “Practice On The Pond,” at Merrifield Park in Mishawaka, Ind. The practice will run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The popular event will give fans a chance to meet the Irish hockey team and to get autographs of their favorite players.

Cat Country 99.9 FM, the flagship radio station for Notre Dame hockey will be on hand with a live remote from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and will have a variety of prizes to hand out to those in attendance.

Free hot chocolate will be provided to the first 200 fans in attendance.

This marks Irish hockey’s third trip to practice outdoors at Merrifield Park. Last season, the Irish practiced on the outdoor rink during their bye week and prior to their series with Michigan in late January.

The Irish have an off week the week of Feb. 12-13 and return to action the following weekend at Bowling Green on Feb. 19-20 with a pair of games.

Notre Dame is in action this weekend (Feb. 5-6) when the Irish travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face the Western Michigan Broncos in a 7:35 p.m. game each night.

The Irish are currently 12-11-7 overall and 8-8-6-2 in the CCHA, good for 32 points and a share of fourth place in the conference playoff race. Notre Dame has just six games left on the regular season schedule with five of those being played on the road.