Eleven different schools will participate in thirteen games played between October 18-27, with six games in Hockey East arenas on the first weekend, followed by six games in Big Ten arenas and a single game on neutral ice on the second weekend which makes up the entire series between the two conferences.
“The Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge will offer a tremendous opportunity to build a relationship between our two conferences and to promote the strong traditions of college hockey on a national level,” said Big Ten Associate Commissioner Jennifer Heppel. “The student-athletes will also benefit from the chance to take part in meaningful non-conference competition against other top programs.”
“The college hockey landscape is going through a major change this season and each conference needs to look beyond its familiar boundaries,” said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. “We have great respect for the hockey playing institutions in the Big Ten and we hope to develop this concept to allow all of our programs to participate in this competition in future years.”
Minnesota’s series against Boston College on October 25th and 27th will be a part of this series and both games will be played at Mariucci Arena.
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