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Craig Chval (’15)

  1. From the Pros to College

    Sep 17, 2013, 8:59 AM EST

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    This summer I made a fairly impromptu decision to take out a sizeable portion of my bank account to buy a standing-room-only ticket on Stubhub for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. So I took a day off work and drove six hours from Missouri to Chicago with my 15-year-old brother to witness a…

  2. Notre Dame Set to Face Boston College at Fenway Park in 2014

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:16 AM EST

    Notre Dame Hockey announced a travel date out to Fenway Park in early January, to play in a Frozen Fenway matchup against Boston College.

    In Notre Dame’s inaugural season in Hockey East, the Irish will visit a number of unfamiliar venues as teams such as Vermont, New Hampshire, and Providence replace familiar CCHA rivals. Instead of traveling to Yost and Munn Arenas, the Irish will be visitors at facilities such as the Gutterson Fieldhouse, Whittemore Center, and Schneider Arena.…

  3. Steven Fogarty’s Father Honored in Military Salute

    Mar 7, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Steven Fogarty skates during Notre Dame's regular season finale against Bowling Green (Photo by Allison Wagner)

    Despite its short life span, Compton Family Ice Arena has already garnered a number of rituals that occur at every Irish home game. A highlight video precedes the introduction of the Notre Dame starters, the crowd informally votes for a “fan of the game,” and the band plays the alma mater after the game, to…

  4. Notre Dame Hosts Bowling Green in Last Regular-Season Series

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    The Notre Dame hockey senior class (photo by Mike Bennett).

    As Notre Dame returns home for its final series of the regular season, there is still much to play for when Bowling Green comes to town this weekend. Although they have the three-seed locked up in the CCHA tournament, the Irish aren’t out of the woods yet, ranked 14th in the PairWise rankings that help…

  5. February 9, 2013

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

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    Sports have a funny way of affecting you. In a way, it’s odd that the ability of a 20-year-old to get a ball through a hoop or a puck through a net can have such an impact on your emotions. But for true sports fans, some games – good and bad – stick with you…

  6. Michigan Comes to Town for One Last CCHA Series

    Feb 8, 2013, 8:41 AM EST

    Mike Voran (photo by Joseph Weiser / Notre Dame Media Relations)

    Way back in November, I wrote a preview about our road series against Michigan, which ended up being Notre Dame’s first sweep at Yost Arena since 1978. Since then, the Wolverines have gone 6-12-1 and are currently sitting in a tie with Bowling Green for eighth place in the CCHA. In that preview I may…

  7. Irish Look to Rebound Against Ferris State

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:53 PM EST

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    In my preview last week, I wrote that the Irish were hoping to use the Alaska series as a way to get out of a disappointing 1-3 stretch. Coming back from a four-game, eight-day road trip, this was the time to get back on track. Junior defenseman Stephen Johns said they were treating it like…

  8. There’s No Place Like Home: Hockey Returns to Compton

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

    Photo by Joseph Weiser / Notre Dame Media Relations

    Ever since media day – before the first puck of the season dropped – the Notre Dame hockey team has made it abundantly clear that this is a new year. Last year’s disappointing finish is a completely separate entity from this Fighting Irish squad. Coming off a Frozen Four appearance, the 2011-2012 team squandered a…

  9. Irish Homestand Continues Against Lake Superior State

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:48 AM EST

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    Following a controversial Thanksgiving series with visiting North Dakota last week, the Irish are back in action Friday and Saturday with their hardest stretch of the season behind them. I think I talk about this every week, but Notre Dame just concluded an eleven-game streak against ranked opponents. After doing battle with Minnesota-Duluth, Northern Michigan,…

  10. Irish Prepare for Thanksgiving Meeting with North Dakota

    Nov 23, 2012, 10:16 AM EST

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    So far this season, there have been a few “first since” comments about the hockey team. For instance, this weekend Notre Dame will playing North Dakota at home for the first time since 1981. The Irish are coming off a road sweep of rival Michigan for the first time since 1978. When they face Lake…

  11. Irish Return to CCHA Play with Road Series against Michigan

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

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    I’m going to preface this blog by saying what perhaps many Notre Dame students say on a regular basis, but it’s important to get it out there. From their sea of yellow to their fight song, few things bring me greater joy than beating Michigan. I don’t care if it’s in hockey, football, or badminton.…

  12. Holy War on Ice

    Nov 8, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

    Bryan Rust scores the game winner in overtime against BC in 2011. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

    With all 5,022 fans – and trust me, there were 5,022 – on their feet, Bryan Rust skated up the ice while the numbers on the clock dwindled down from 10. Opposing goaltender Parker Milner had thwarted Notre Dame’s last 20 shots on goal, but Rust ripped one last attempt toward the Boston College net.…

  13. Finding a Way to Win (at Home)

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:03 AM EST

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    Another home series, another split. Like Minnesota-Duluth two weeks ago, Western Michigan set the tone on Friday while the Irish impressed in game two. Despite outshooting the Broncos 37-25 in the first game of the series, a slow start to the second period proved too big an obstacle for the Irish, who fell behind 2-0…

  14. ND Hockey earns series split with Minnesota-Duluth

    Oct 22, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    During Notre Dame’s second-half skid last season, head coach Jeff Jackson often pointed to the team’s lack of secondary scoring and consistent goaltending. Nearly 30 percent of last year’s goals were from T.J. Tynan and Anders Lee, and Irish goalies posted an .893 save percentage on the season. For the start of 2012-2013 at least,…

  15. Hockey team looks to rebound from 2012 campaign

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:54 AM EST

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    Over the last several years, Notre Dame hockey has followed an interesting pattern. In 2009, the Irish won both the CCHA regular-season and tournament titles en route to a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament. The next year, they finished 13-17-8, but rebounded in 2011 to make the Frozen Four. Last year, head coach Jeff Jackson’s…

  16. Hockey Pros Return to Notre Dame

    Aug 29, 2012, 6:38 PM EST

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    Entering Compton Family Ice Arena for the first time, Brett Lebda (’04) must have felt there was a lot more than just a parking lot separating him from his home as an Irish player. “It’s pretty impressive,” the current Columbus Blue Jacket defenseman said. “Walking in here kind of makes you upset that you didn’t…

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