The Mack Report

St. Anselm among schools interested in D1 hockey

According to multiple people with close ties to St. Anselm hockey, the Division 2 Hawks are interested in making a move to Division 1 and possible joining the Atlantic Hockey Association.

There has been talk for some time among hockey alumni that St. A’s will at least investigate making the Division 1 move. The Hawks’ athletic director, Kelly Higgins, has previous experience working at Alaska Fairbanks, including helping their transition into the CCHA. He was hired in April and according to the story St. A’s published on his website, he “fell in love with hockey” while at Alaska.

“The alumni, the boosters, the people who are really involved with the program all want to see this move happen,” one person, who requested that he not be named due to his close ties with the program, said. “To me, there is no question that Division 1 hockey would be an incredible success here. We have a great facility, people around the program that love and support hockey, and we have a great base of alumni who are involved. We want to see this happen.”

USCHO’s Chris Lerch reported on Thursday that the conference was talking with four possible replacement schools for when UConn joins Hockey East in 2014-15. Atlantic Hockey commissioner Bob DeGregorio, a former Merrimack AD, told USCHO that the league has talked with St. A’s, Rhode Island, Navy and Alabama-Huntsville.