Welcome to Hockey East Friday

Big time college hockey gets an official welcome in Hartford on Friday.

The University of Connecticut will hold a "Welcome To Hockey East" celebration and press conference on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 12 noon in the atrium of the XL Center in Hartford. Among those scheduled to attend are Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, UConn President Susan Herbst, UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel, Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna, XL Center Senior Vice President and General Manager Chuck Steedman, former UConn All-American ice hockey player and Hartford Whaler Todd Krygier and UConn head coach Bruce Marshall.

The event is free and open to the general public. Youth hockey groups are encouraged to attend and wear their team jerseys and members of the public who work in downtown Hartford are invited to spend the lunch hour at the celebration.

The UConn pep band and cheerleaders will be in attendance in addition to the Husky mascot.

Krygier and current UConn ice hockey players will be available for autographs following the event.

Those who can't attend can watch the event online live at www.uconnhuskies.com/allaccess.

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