Bryan Rust

NHL Season Opens With Seven Irish On Rosters

Oct. 12, 2016

By Dan Colleran

, Ind. — The 2016-17 National Hockey League season opens on Wednesday night and seven former Notre Dame players have made season-opening rosters.

Former high-scoring Irish forward Vinnie Hinostroza has made the Blackhawks roster out of training camp. Chicago plays St. Louis tonight (Oct. 12) in a game that will be televised on the NBC Sports Network (8:00 p.m. ET). Hinostroza, who played seven games for the Blackhawks last season, could see time at both center and wing this season.

Ian Cole, Bryan Rust and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins will open the 2016-17 season at home on Thursday, Oct. 13 against the Washington Capitals in another game slated for NBCSN (8:00 p.m. ET). Last season, Cole and Rust became the fifth and sixth former Notre Dame hockey players to lift the Stanley Cup.

The other former Fighting Irish players who will open the season in the NHL include Stephen Johns (Dallas), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey) and Riley Sheahan (Detroit).

In addition, 2016 graduate Thomas DiPauli will start the season on Pittsburgh’s injured reserve list after sustaining a lower body injury during training camp.

The 2016-17 hockey season continues this weekend when the No. 5/6 Irish hit the road for a marquee series at No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 14-15). Next weekend Notre Dame returns home to the Compton Family Ice Arena for a weekend series versus Penn State (Oct. 21-22).

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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).