Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field airing on CSN, ND-Miami, UW-UM

Comcast SportsNet will give fans a special treat this weekend as Soldier Field hosts NCAA outdoor hockey action in the Hockey City Classic. CSN will carry exclusive local coverage of the day’s first game featuring the #12-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. #3-ranked Miami-Ohio Redhawks live on Sunday, February 17 at 12 NOON CT. Here’s more videos, pics from the rink.

CSN Chicago’s coverage of the Notre Dame vs. Miami-OH  Hockey City Classic features the broadcast team of Dan Kelly (play-by-play), Rob Andringa (analyst) and Ray Crawford (rinkside reporter).  The Hockey City Classic telecast is produced by Intersport.

In addition to the ND-Miami battle, viewers can look forward to expanded coverage and highlights of the day’s second game: #2-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. #18-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on SportsNet Central at 6:30 PM and on GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM. Yes the home of the Chicago Bears will host hockey! And the Chicago Blackhawks are behind this too. Ambassador Denis Savard and front office man Jay Blunk were on hand for the unveiling of the Hockey City Classic rink.

The Fighting Irish are the only team that could be considered “local” of the four playing in the Hockey City Classic, so we’ll focus on them.

When ND takes the ice Sunday in the Hockey City Classic, the Fighting Irish players will be sporting special jerseys from an era when Notre Dame played all its games outdoors–the club era from 1963 to 1968.

During that time, prior to Irish hockey getting Division I status for the 1968-69, the Notre Dame club program played all its games outdoors at South Bend’s Howard Park Rink. The Reebok jerseys were designed using photos of games played during the club era. They are blue with white shoulders and a gold neck and contain a white-blue-gold striping pattern on the elbows and around the bottom.

The name IRISH is displayed down the diagonally down the front of the sweater and is trimmed in white. The throwback jerseys have a string tie at the neck just like hockey sweaters from that era. The jersey will have just one number and that’s on the back in gold and trimmed in white. Inside the tail of the jersey is a commemorative patch with the name of the teams and the date of the game. The Irish players also with wear blue Reebok socks with the white-blue-gold striping pattern in the middle. Also, Notre Dame’s four-game season sweep in hockey over the Michigan Wolverines this year is the first time that happened since 1973.

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