Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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University University of Notre Dame
Conference Big Ten
Head coach Jeff Jackson
16th year, 334–206–64
Captain(s) Cal Burke
Arena Compton Family Ice Arena
Capacity: 5,022
Location Notre Dame, Indiana
Colors Gold and Blue


NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2008, 2018
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
CCHA: 2007, 2009, 2013
Big Ten: 2018, 2019
Conference Regular Season Champions
CCHA: 2006–07, 2008–09
Big Ten: 2017–18

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 Big Ten Conference at the NCAA Division I level.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

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.[1] 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.

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Jeff Jackson Era[edit | edit source]

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. 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.

During the early-2010s conference realignment, Notre Dame left the CCHA for Hockey East in 2013, moving on to the Big Ten Conference in 2017.

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

# Name Term
1 G.R. Walsh 1912-1913
2 Paul Castner 1920-1923
3 Tom Lieb 1923-1926
4 Benjamin Dubois 1926-1927
5 Lefty Smith 1968-1987
6 Ric Shafer 1987-1995
7 Dave Poulin 1995-2005
8 Jeff Jackson 2005-present

Current roster[edit | edit source]

As of August 19, 2010. [3]

# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
1 Flag of Alaska Steven Summerhays L Freshman Anchorage, Alaska Green Bay (USHL)
31 Flag of Michigan Joe Rogers L Freshman Marysville, Michigan Albert Lea (NAHL)
32 Flag of Wisconsin Mike Johnson L Sophomore Verona, Wisconsin Cedar Rapids (USHL)
35 Flag of Minnesota Brian Brooke L Senior Eden Prairie, Minnesota Eden Prairie (USHS-MN)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
3 Flag of British Columbia Shayne Taker L Freshman Surrey, British Columbia Cowichan (BCHL)
8 Flag of Illinois Sam Calabrese R Sophomore Park Ridge, Illinois US NTDP (USHL)
13 Flag of Ohio Eric Ringel R Junior Hinckley, Ohio Mahoning Valley (NAHL)
14 Flag of Wisconsin Nick Condon L Junior Wausau, Wisconsin St. Louis (NAHL)
24 Flag of Colorado Sean Lorenz R Junior Littleton, Colorado US NTDP (USHL)
25 Flag of Illinois Kevin Lind L Freshman Homer Glen, Illinois Chicago (USHL)
28 Flag of Pennsylvania Stephen Johns R Freshman Wampum, Pennsylvania US NTDP (USHL)
29 Flag of Indiana Jared Beers R Freshman Mishawaka, Indiana Cedar Rapids (USHL)
33 Flag of Massachusetts Joe Lavin (C) L Senior Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Omaha (USHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
4 Flag of Ontario Riley Sheahan L Sophomore St. Catharines, Ontario St. Catharines Falcons (GOHL)
6 Flag of Pennsylvania Patrick Gaul L Junior Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania US NTDP (USHL)
9 Flag of Minnesota Anders Lee R Freshman Edina, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL)
10 Flag of Iowa David Gerths L Freshman Ankeny, Iowa Green Bay (USHL)
11 Flag of Wisconsin Jeff Costello R Freshman Milwaukee, Wisconsin Cedar Rapids (USHL)
12 Flag of Ontario Richard Ryan L Junior Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL)
16 Flag of Michigan Michael Voran R Freshman Livonia, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL)
17 Flag of Illinois Billy Maday R Junior Burr Ridge, Illinois Waterloo (USHL)
18 Flag of Illinois T.J. Tynan R Freshman Orland Park, Illinois Des Moines (USHL)
19 Flag of Michigan Ben Ryan (A) R Senior Brighton, Michigan Des Moines (USHL)
20 Flag of Connecticut Kevin Nugent R Sophomore New Canaan, Connecticut Tri-City (USHL)
21 Flag of Michigan Bryan Rust R Freshman Bloomfield Hills, Michigan US NTDP (USHL)
22 Flag of Sweden Calle Ridderwall (A) L Senior Stockholm, Sweden Tri-City (USHL)
26 Flag of Minnesota Nick Larson L Sophomore Apple Valley, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
27 Flag of Minnesota Ryan Guentzel (A) R Senior Woodbury, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)

Home ice[edit | edit source]

Charles W. "Lefty" Smith Jr. Rink[edit | edit source]

In February 2009, the University of Notre Dame announced it would begin construction next year on a new, freestanding, on-campus ice arena designed to meet the needs of both the nationally ranked Irish hockey team and the local community. Construction began on March 15, 2010 on the projected 5,000-6,000-seat arena - with the venue ready for play on October 1, 2011. The final capacity was 5,022.[4] The arena was named "Compton Family Ice Arena" to honor the arena project's lead donors, former San Jose Sharks part-owners Kevin and Gayla Compton.

The arena is located south of the Joyce Center, just north of Edison Road, and just west of where the current Irish track and field facility was being constructed when the arena opened. The majority of the general public arena seating is of the chair-back variety. The facility includes two ice sheets, one Olympic-sized. The main rink was named "Charles W. "Lefty" Smith Jr. Rink" to honor the program's first head coach.[5]

Joyce Center[edit | edit source]

Before Compton Family Ice Arena opened, the Irish played home games under the North Dome of the Edmund P. Joyce Center. With a hockey capacity of just 2,857, it was the second smallest home rink in the CCHA. 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.

The university had planned to renovate the Joyce Center ice facility, but further studies led to a change in plans. The Joyce Center's ice plant was removed and the north dome repurposed for other events.

References[edit | edit source]

  2. 2.0 2.1 "Notre Dame books ticket to first frozen four",, 2008-03-31. Retrieved on 2008-03-30. 
  3. Notre Dame men's ice hockey roster
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  5. "Notre Dame to Construct New Ice Arena on Campus", Retrieved on 2009-02-12. 
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