According to a report by College Hockey News, Hockey East officials are taking a site visit today at the University of Connecticut and are also expected to visit XL Center in Hartford.
Hockey East adding Notre Dame to begin with the 2013-14 season. Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna expressed in the past that the league’s preference would be, if Notre Dame joined, to extend to 12 teams.
UConn currently does not meet two of Hockey East’s standards. First, it’s current arena is too small and second, it does not offer scholarships for hockey.
Sources tell CHN that UConn officials are committed to upgrading the program, with details still to be worked out, and will soon formally apply to Hockey East. The main sticking point is over where will the Huskies play.
CHN also reports that UConn officials would prefer to build a new on-campus arena, even though the current home, Freitas Arena, was just built in 1998. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Molly, who is considered to be a huge hockey fan, would prefer the team plays at Hartford’s XL Center — former home of the Hartford Whalers — which is 26 miles from UConn’s Storrs campus.