Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|University||University of Notre Dame|
|Head coach||Jeff Jackson|
|8th year, 160–97–30|
|Arena||Compton Family Center
|Location||Notre Dame, Indiana|
|Colors||Blue and Gold
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|CCHA: 2007, 2009, 2013|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|CCHA: 2006–07, 2008–09|
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team at the University of Notre Dame, competing at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the team competed in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and also won its last ever conference championship. Beginning with the 2013-1014 season, the team will move to the Hockey East conference.
Ice hockey has existed on and off as both a club and varsity sport at Notre Dame since 1912. In 1968, the Fighting Irish started playing again at the Division I level as an independent. In 1971, the team joined its first conference, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The team continued playing in the WCHA for a decade until moving to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with the conference's three Michigan schools in 1981.
The Fighting Irish lasted only two years in the new CCHA, after designating Ice Hockey as a club sport for the 1983-1984 season the team played in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL). Notre Dame finished that season second in the CSCHL with a record of 13-2-0. In 1984-1985 Notre Dame Hockey was once again elevated to varsity status with the team playing as a Division I independent. In 1992 Notre Dame rejoined the CCHA. The Irish struggled to remain competitive in the CCHA, but began to improve under head coach Dave Poulin. In 2004, Poulin led the team to its first ever NCAA Tournament. However, the year after was drastically different. 2005 was the worst season in Notre Dame history. The five-win campaign resulted in the resignation of coach Poulin.
Jeff Jackson era 
In 2005, Jeff Jackson took over as head coach. Jackson, who had already won two national championships at Lake Superior State University, had an immediate impact at Notre Dame. In his first season with the Irish, the team greatly improved upon the five-win season, boosting its record to 13-19-5. 2007 was even more successful. The Irish achieved their first ever number one ranking in both the Uscho.com and USA Today Polls and their first number one seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The following year, the Irish finished fourth in both the CCHA's regular season and playoffs, and again made the NCAA Tournament. Once there, the Irish went on to beat top-seeded New Hampshire 7-3 and third-seeded Michigan State 3-1 to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. From there, they defeated first-seeded Michigan in overtime to advance to the national title game, ultimately losing to Boston College 4-1. Notre Dame also became the first four-seed to advance to the national semifinals, and eventually to the national title game since the new 16-team format was introduced in 2003. In the 2008-2009 season, the Irish added another CCHA regular season title and a CCHA Tournament title, defeating Michigan 5-2 in the title game. Notre Dame advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament where the Irish was upset by 16th seeded Bemidji State 1-5.
The following season, Notre Dame finished with a record of 13-17-8 and ended the season after being swept by Ohio State two games to none in the three game opening round series of the CCHA Playoffs. The Irish rebounded in the 2010-11 regular season at 23-13-5, and clinched their second trip to the Frozen Four in program history by defeating New Hampshire 2-1 in the Northeast Regional Final. The Fighting Irish faced the East Regional Champion Minnesota-Duluth in the National Semifinals. The Irish fell to the eventual national champion 3-4.
In October 2011, Notre Dame announced the team will join Hockey East starting in the 2013-14 season, in response to the conference realignment. The university also announced an expanded television broadcast deal with NBC. The Fighting Irish Hockey began the 2011-12 season in the Edmund P. Joyce Center and played the last hockey game at the Joyce Center on October 15, 2011 against Ohio State. The team opened the university's new 5,000-seat Compton Family Center on October 21, 2011 against Rensselaer. Following the move into the new arena the Irish improved to a 7-3 home record in the new facility that included wins over future Hockey East rivals, Boston University, ranked 3th in the NCAA, Boston College, ranked 4th, and 8th ranked Western Michigan. On January 4, 2012, former coach and long-time Notre Dame Athletic Department employee, Charles "Lefty" Smith died. Smith coached the team from 1968 to 1987 as the first varsity ice hockey after helping the program transition from club to varsity status. Following his coaching career, he continued at Notre Dame in the athletic department until retiring just three days before his death. The Fighting Irish finished the regular season with an overall record of 17-16-3 and a conference record of 12-13-3. The team defeated Ohio State in the opening round of the 2012 CCHA Tournament, sweeping the Buckeyes in two games by scores of 2-0 and 4-2. In the second round of the CCHA Tournament, the team was defeated by the Michigan Wolverines in two games in a series that saw the first game go into a double overtime.
Head coaches 
All-time coaching records 
As of completion of 2011–12 season
|Totals||8 coaches||52 seasons||721–781–129||.482|
Current roster 
As of October 12, 2012. 
|#||State||Player||Pos||S/G||Class||Birth Date and Age||Hometown||Previous Team|
|1||Steven Summerhays||G||L||Junior||August 29, 1990||Anchorage, Alaska||Green Bay (USHL)|
|3||Shayne Taker||D||L||Junior||February 12, 1990||Surrey, British Columbia||Cowichan (BCHL)|
|5||Robbie Russo||D||R||Sophomore||February 15, 1993||Westmont, Illinois||US NTDP (USHL)|
|6||Andy Ryan||D||R||Freshman||July 24, 1993||Brighton, Michigan||Sioux City (USHL)|
|8||Sam Calabrese||D||R||Senior||March 18, 1991||Park Ridge, Illinois||US NTDP (USHL)|
|9||Anders Lee||C||R||Junior||July 3, 1990||Edina, Minnesota||Green Bay (USHL)|
|10||David Gerths||C||L||Junior||September 27, 1990||Ankeny, Iowa||Green Bay (USHL)|
|11||Jeff Costello||LW||R||Junior||November 20, 1990||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Cedar Rapids (USHL)|
|12||Sam Herr||LW||L||Freshman||October 13, 1992||Hinsdale, Illinois||Green Bay (USHL)|
|14||Thomas DiPauli||C||L||Freshman||April 29, 1994||Woodridge, Illinois||US NTDP (USHL)|
|15||Peter Schneider||RW||R||Sophomore||April 4, 1991||Vienna, Austria||Indiana (USHL)|
|16||Michael Voran||RW||R||Junior||March 27, 1990||Livonia, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)|
|17||Nick Larson||LW||L||Senior||November 14, 1989||Apple Valley, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)|
|18||T. J. Tynan||C||R||Junior||February 25, 1992||Orland Park, Illinois||Des Moines (USHL)|
|19||Garrett Peterson||RW||R||Sophomore||September 13, 1991||Manhattan, Illinois||Lincoln (USHL)|
|20||Kevin Nugent||RW||R||Senior||March 1, 1989||New Canaan, Connecticut||Tri-City (USHL)|
|21||Bryan Rust||RW||R||Junior||May 11, 1992||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||US NTDP (USHL)|
|22||Mario Lucia||LW||L||Freshman||August 25, 1993||Plymouth, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)|
|23||Eric Johnson||D||L||Sophomore||March 28, 1991||Verona, Wisconsin||Dubuque (USHL)|
|25||Kevin Lind||D||L||Junior||March 31, 1992||Homer Glen, Illinois||Chicago (USHL)|
|26||Steven Fogarty||C||R||Freshman||April 19, 1993||Edina, Minnesota||Penticton (BCHL)|
|27||Austin Wuthrich||RW||R||Sophomore||August 11, 1993||Anchorage, Alaska||US NTDP (USHL)|
|28||Stephen Johns||D||R||Junior||April 18, 1992||Wampum, Pennsylvania||US NTDP (USHL)|
|29||Jared Beers||D||R||Junior||August 15, 1990||Mishawaka, Indiana||Cedar Rapids (USHL)|
|31||Joe Rogers||G||L||Junior||February 27, 1990||Marysville, Michigan||Albert Lea (NAHL)|
|32||Mike Johnson||G||L||Senior||February 1, 1989||Verona, Wisconsin||Cedar Rapids (USHL)|
Notable alumni 
Compton Family Ice Arena 
In February 2009, The University of Notre Dame announced it will begin construction on a new, freestanding, on-campus ice arena designed to meet the needs of both the Irish hockey team and the local community. Construction on the 5,022-seat arena began on March 15, 2010 with the venue opening in the Fall of 2011. The arena held its first Notre Dame hockey game on October 21, 2011 when a sellout crowd saw Notre Dame defeat Rensselaer 5-2.
The new ice arena is located south of the Joyce Center, just north of Edison Road, and just west of where the new Irish track and field facility is being constructed. The majority of the general public arena seating is of the chair-back variety with bleacher seating in the student section. The Compton Family Center replaced the rink inside the Edmund P. Joyce Center. During the time that the Irish played at the Joyce Center, the facility was the second smallest home rink in the CCHA with a hockey capacity of 2,857. All seats were benchers, and most of the seating consists of temporary bleachers. In 2007, the Irish compiled an impressive 14-2-2 home record at the Joyce Center.
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