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NBC Sports Network College Hockey Coverage

NEW YORK -- September 11, 2012 – NBC Sports Network will offer more college hockey games this season than ever before, increasing coverage by eight games and starting two months earlier than last season. By compiling a schedule of contests from the ECAC, Hockey East, the University of Denver, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, NBC Sports Network will air 24 games, including two appearances by preseason No. 1 Boston College.

Coverage begins on Friday, Oct. 12 with the 16th annual Ice Breaker Tournament, the event that officially launches the 2012-13 NCAA college hockey season, live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The tournament features some of the nation’s top teams from different conferences beginning with Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Maine at 7 p.m. ET.

The schedule also features two appearances by No. 1 Boston College and several preseason Top 10 schools, including No. 3 Union, No. 6 North Dakota and No. 8 Denver. The season culminates with live coverage of the Hockey East Tournament with a Quarterfinal game on March 15, as well as both Semifinals and the Final on March 22 and 23, 2013, respectively, from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

“We are very excited to begin our second season of college hockey by offering more coverage than last year,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “NBC Sports Network will start the season two months earlier this year, providing sports fans with even more national primetime coverage of the nation’s best college hockey.”

NBC Sports Network’s College Hockey Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):


Ice Breaker Tournament

Fri., Oct. 12 Notre Dame vs. #12 Maine 7 p.m.

Army vs. Nebraska TBD

Sat., Oct. 13 Final (Teams TBD) 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 Harvard at #13 Cornell 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 #1 Boston College at #11 Boston University 7:30 p.m.

Wisconsin at #8 Denver 10 p.m.

Dec. 1 #11 Boston University at #1 Boston College 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 Michigan State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 #3 Union at Princeton 7:30 p.m.

Nebraska-Omaha at Denver 10 p.m.

Jan. 18 Harvard at Yale 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 Yale at #13 Cornell 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 Dartmouth at #3 Union 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 #6 North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 #11 Boston University at #12 Maine 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 Yale at Quinnipiac 7:30 p.m.

#6 North Dakota at #8 Denver 10 p.m.

March 1 Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.

March 8 #12 Maine at New Hampshire 7:30 p.m.

Hockey East Tournament

March 15 Quarterfinals 7 p.m.

March 22 Semifinals 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

March 23 Final 7 p.m.

All rankings based off USA Today/USA Hockey Men’s College Hockey Poll (April 9, 2012).

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College hockey needs to get more in control, like NHL and Juniors.  I find it too scrambly.  Their skills should be emphasized more.  Especially with all the practice time they have.

They should as a group have far superior skillsets.  They should be using the most advanced training methods.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/11/12 at 05:22 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

College hockey needs to get more in control, like NHL and Juniors.  I find it too scrambly

What does that mean?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/11/12 at 05:35 PM ET


They just run around like Chickens without heads.  It’s almost like they don’t play enough and get too pent up.

NHL game more about control and systems.  College has a lot of practice time.  Skill improvement would be a big plus for them especially when it comes time to recruit.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/11/12 at 10:09 PM ET

Primis's avatar

NHL game more about control and systems.  College has a lot of practice time.  Skill improvement would be a big plus for them especially when it comes time to recruit.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/11/12 at 10:09 PM ET

NCAA Div I teams have systems and control, usually based around their available personnel.  Shoot, the good D III programs do as well.

Like most any collegiate sport though, the gap between the Good players and the Lowest Tier players is still quite big.  The best obviously will go on to play in the AHL and NHL.  Plenty of very good ones still may only see ECHL or CHL careers.  Many then never play hockey again at any real organized level.

It’s completely silly to say they just run around with no gameplan or strategy though.  Watching only a couple minutes of a game makes it pretty clear what strategy each team is employing, and if they’re say funneling the offense through specific players.  They just don’t have the personnel to run things quite as slickly as the pros do.

Posted by Primis on 09/11/12 at 11:28 PM ET


You missed my point.  With few exceptions(BC and a few others).  College s do not make good use of all the practice time available.  They could be elevating the games of a lot of players.  Making it more likely that they progress further in the pro ranks when they graduate.

I didn’t mean to say that they don’t have systems, what I’m saying is that they have the practice time and facilities to turn out a much better product than they took in.

This would make for easier recruiting and a better product for the College Hockey Fans.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/12/12 at 12:56 PM ET

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