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Augustana announces agreement to play Notre Dame in 2023

Vikings begin play as an NCAA Division I men's hockey program in 2023-24. Augustana will play the Fighting Irish in December

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Augustana University has announced its first NCAA Division I nonconference men's hockey opponent.

The Vikings will play against Notre Dame on Dec. 30-31, 2023, in South Bend, Ind., for a series against the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame finished the 2021-22 season with a 28-12 record and advanced to a regional final of the NCAA tournament. The Fighting Irish have been to 13 NCAA tournaments, including 12 under head coach Jeff Jackson, who took over the program in 2005.

Notre Dame men's hockey competes as a member of the Big Ten and won the conference regular season title in 2017-18.

The Saturday-Sunday series that closes out 2023 will take place inside the 4,850-seat Compton Family Ice Arena.

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A member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Augustana men's hockey will make its debut in 2023-24. Augustana has recently announced an equipment deal with CCM. When the puck drops on the inaugural season, the Vikings will be playing in the on-campus Midco Arena, which is under construction.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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