Conference movement appears to be hitting college hockey again.
Notre Dame plans to withdraw from Hockey East in favor of the Big Ten starting with the 2017-18 season, according to multiple reports. The Irish just finished their third season in Hockey East after previously competing in the now defunct Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Officials at Notre Dame declined comment Tuesday. Head coach Jeff Jackson has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday evening.
Notre Dame started play in Hockey East during the 2013-14 season after the CCHA dissolved, finishing eighth in the regular season standings. Last season the Irish finished fifth and this season third, losing in the league tournament quarterfinals.
They’re now preparing for the NCAA Tournament where the first round opponent, Michigan, will be a future conference foe.
Six Big Ten members have hockey — Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. Notre Dame will give the league a seventh member. It will reunite with former CCHA programs Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the process.
Michigan is the only Big Ten program in the NCAA Tournament.