With an NHL lockout looming, NBC Sports Network announced it will beef up its college hockey coverage, airing more games and beginning two months earlier than last season.
NBC Sports Network will air 24 games, eight more than last season, broadcasting games from the ECAC, Hockey East, the University of Denver, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and preseason No. 1 Boston College.
We are very excited to begin our second season of college hockey by offering more coverage than last year, said Jon Miller, President, Programming NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Network will start the season two months earlier this year, providing sports fans with even more national primetime coverage of the nations best college hockey.
Coverage begins on Friday, Oct. 12 with the 16th annual Ice Breaker Tournament, the event that officially launches the 2012-13 NCAA college hockey season, live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The tournament features some of the nations top teams from different conferences beginning with Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Maine at 7 p.m. ET.
The schedule also features two appearances by No. 1 Boston College and several preseason Top 10 schools, including No. 3 Union, No. 6 North Dakota and No. 8 Denver. The season culminates with live coverage of the Hockey East Tournament with a Quarterfinal game on March 15, as well as both Semifinals and the Final on March 22 and 23, 2013, respectively, from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
NBC Sports Networks College Hockey Schedule (subject to change):Ice Breaker Tournament
Fri., Oct. 12 Notre Dame vs. 12 Maine 7 p.m.
Army vs. Nebraska TBD
Sat., Oct. 13 Final (Teams TBD) 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 Harvard at 13 Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 1 Boston College at 11 Boston University 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin at 8 Denver 10 p.m.
Dec. 1 11 Boston University at 1 Boston College 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 Michigan State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 3 Union at Princeton 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at Denver 10 p.m.
Jan. 18 Harvard at Yale 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 Yale at 13 Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 Dartmouth at 3 Union 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 6 North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 11 Boston University at 12 Maine 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Yale at Quinnipiac 7:30 p.m.
6 North Dakota at 8 Denver 10 p.m.
March 1 Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
March 8 12 Maine at New Hampshire 7:30 p.m.
Hockey East Tournament
March 15 Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
March 22 Semifinals 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
March 23 Final 7 p.m.
All rankings based off USA TodayUSA Hockey Mens College Hockey Poll