Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey

Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
University University of Notre Dame
Conference CCHA
Head coach Jeff Jackson
6th year, 141–79–27
Arena Compton Family Center
Capacity: 5,000
Location Notre Dame, Indiana
Colors Gold and Blue


NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2008, 2011
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Conference Tournament Champions
2007, 2009
Conference Regular Season Champions
2006–07, 2008–09

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team at the University of Notre Dame. The team competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association at the NCAA Division I level.



Ice hockey has existed on and off as both a club and varsity sport at Notre Dame since 1912. In 1968, the Fighting Irish started playing again at the Division I level as an independent. In 1971, the team joined its first conference, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The team continued playing in the WCHA for a decade until moving to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with the conference's three Michigan schools in 1981.[1]

Notre Dame hockey player in an away uniform (2010).

The Fighting Irish lasted only two years in the new CCHA, after designating Ice Hockey as a club sport for the 1983-1984 season the team played in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL). Notre Dame finished that season second in the CSCHL with a record of 13-2-0.[2] In 1984-1985 Notre Dame Hockey was once again elevated to varsity status with the team playing as a Division I independent. In 1992 Notre Dame rejoined the CCHA. The Irish struggled to remain competitive in the CCHA, but began to improve under head coach Dave Poulin. In 2004, Poulin led the team to its first ever NCAA Tournament. However, the year after was drastically different. 2005 was the worst season in Notre Dame history. The five-win campaign resulted in the resignation of coach Poulin.[1]

Jeff Jackson Era

Jeff Jackson and coaching staff look on as Notre Dame celebrates a goal (2010).

In 2005, Jeff Jackson took over as head coach. Jackson, who had already won two national championships at Lake Superior State University, had an immediate impact at Notre Dame. In his first season with the Irish, the team greatly improved upon the five-win season, boosting its record to 13-19-5.[1] 2007 was even more successful. The Irish achieved their first ever number one ranking in both the and USA Today Polls and their first number one seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The following year, the Irish finished fourth in both the CCHA's regular season and playoffs, and again made the NCAA Tournament. Once there, the Irish went on to beat top-seeded New Hampshire 7-3 and third-seeded Michigan State 3-1 to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. From there, they defeated first-seeded Michigan in overtime to advance to the national title game, ultimately losing to Boston College 4-1.[3] Notre Dame also became the first four-seed to advance to the national semifinals, and eventually to the national title game since the new 16-team format was introduced in 2003.[3] In the 2008-2009 season, the Irish added another CCHA regular season title and a CCHA Tournament title, defeating Michigan 5-2 in the title game. Notre Dame advanced to the 2009 NCAA Tournament where the Irish was upset by 16th seeded Bemidji State 1-5.[4]

The following season, Notre Dame finished with a record of 13-17-8 and ended the season after being swept by Ohio State two games to none in the three game opening round series of the CCHA Playoffs.[5][6] The Irish rebounded in the 2010-11 regular season at 23-13-5, and clinched their second trip to the Frozen Four in program history by defeating New Hampshire 2-1 in the Northeast Regional Final. The Fighting Irish faced the East Regional Champion Minnesota-Duluth in the National Semifinals. The Irish fell to the eventual national champion 3-4.[7]

Head Coaches

All-time coaching records

As of completion of 2009–10 season[1]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2005–present Jeff Jackson 6 141–79–27 .626
1995–2005 Dave Poulin 10 139–197–50 .425
1987–1995 Ric Shafer 8 112–152–15 .428
1968–1987 Lefty Smith 18 285–314–30 .477
1926–1927 Benjamin Dubois 1 3–7–1 .318
1923–1926 Tom Lieb 3 3–8–3 .321
1919–1923 Paul Castner 4 18–4–0 .818
1912–1913 G.R. Walsh 1 1–2–0 .333
Totals 8 coaches 51 seasons 702–763–126 .481


Current roster

As of August 4, 2011. [8]

# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
1 Alaska Steven Summerhays L Sophomore Anchorage, Alaska Green Bay (USHL)
31 Michigan Joe Rogers L Sophomore Marysville, Michigan Albert Lea (NAHL)
32 Wisconsin Mike Johnson L Junior Verona, Wisconsin Cedar Rapids (USHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
3 British Columbia Shayne Taker L Sophomore Surrey, British Columbia Cowichan (BCHL)
5 Illinois Robbie Russo R Freshman Westmont, Illinois US NTDP (USHL)
8 Illinois Sam Calabrese R Junior Park Ridge, Illinois US NTDP (USHL)
14 Wisconsin Nick Condon L Senior Wausau, Wisconsin St. Louis (NAHL)
23 Wisconsin Eric Johnson L Freshman Verona, Wisconsin Dubuque (USHL)
24 Colorado Sean Lorenz R Senior Littleton, Colorado US NTDP (USHL)
25 Illinois Kevin Lind L Sophomore Homer Glen, Illinois Chicago (USHL)
28 Pennsylvania Stephen Johns R Sophomore Wampum, Pennsylvania US NTDP (USHL)
29 Indiana Jared Beers R Sophomore Mishawaka, Indiana Cedar Rapids (USHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
4 Ontario Riley Sheahan L Junior St. Catharines, Ontario St. Catharines (GOJHL)
6 Pennsylvania Patrick Gaul L Senior Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US NTDP (USHL)
9 Minnesota Anders Lee R Sophomore Edina, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL)
10 Iowa David Gerths L Sophomore Ankeny, Iowa Green Bay (USHL)
11 Wisconsin Jeff Costello R Sophomore Milwaukee, Wisconsin Cedar Rapids (USHL)
12 Ontario Richard Ryan L Senior Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
15 Austria Peter Schneider R Freshman Vienna, Austria Indiana (USHL)
16 Michigan Michael Voran R Sophomore Livonia, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL)
17 Illinois Billy Maday R Senior Burr Ridge, Illinois Waterloo (USHL)
18 Illinois T.J. Tynan R Sophomore Orland Park, Illinois Des Moines (USHL)
19 Illinois Garrett Peterson R Freshman Manhattan, Illinois Lincoln (USHL)
20 Connecticut Kevin Nugent R Junior New Canaan, Connecticut Tri-City (USHL)
21 Michigan Bryan Rust R Sophomore Bloomfield Hills, Michigan US NTDP (USHL)
26 Minnesota Nick Larson L Junior Apple Valley, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
27 Alaska Austin Wuthrich R Freshman Anchorage, Alaska US NTDP (USHL)

Notable alumni

Over 100 Fighting Irish alumni have gone on to play professional ice hockey, including a number of current and former NHL and WHA players:[9]


In February 2009, The University of Notre Dame announced it will begin construction on a new, freestanding, on-campus ice arena designed to meet the needs of both the Irish hockey team and the local community.[10] Construction began on March 15, 2010 on the projected 5,000-seat arena with the venue scheduled to be ready for the 2011-12 season in October 2011.[11] The new ice arena is located south of the Joyce Center, just north of Edison Road, and just west of where the new Irish track and field facility is being constructed. The majority of the general public arena seating will be of the chair-back variety.[12]

The Compton Family Center replaced the rink inside the Edmund P. Joyce Center. Durith the time that the Irish played at the Joyce Center, the facility was the second smallest home rink in the CCHA with a hockey capacity of 2,857. All seats were benches without chair backs, and most of the seating consists of temporary bleachers. In 2007, the Irish compiled an impressive 14-2-2 home record at the Joyce Center.


  1. ^ a b c d "Notre Dame Men's Hockey: Team History". US Colleg Hockey Online. 1996-2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Year-by-year Standings". Central States Collegiate Hockey League. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b AP Staff (March 31, 2008). "Notre Dame books ticket to first frozen four". USA Today. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  4. ^ Staff (March 28, 2009). "Bemidji State stuns top-seeded Notre Dame; Cornell nips Northeastern". National Hockey League. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's Hockey 2009-2010 Team Statistics". U.S. College Hockey Online. 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Boggs, Justin J. (March 6, 2010). "Carlson Stops 47 as Ohio State Sweeps Notre Dame". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gardiner, Andy (April 7, 2011). "Minnesota-Duluth tops Notre Dame for spot in title game". USA Today. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ Notre Dame men's ice hockey roster
  9. ^ "Alumni Report". Internet Hockey Database. 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Hockey Arena Construction". University of Notre Dame. 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ Masoud, Chris (April 19, 2010). "Hockey: New arena to boost program". The Observer. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Notre Dame to Construct New Ice Arena on Campus". Retrieved 2009-02-12. 

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