Penn St. Adding Hockey; Big 10 Forming League?

Ryan Kennedy of THE HOCKEY NEWS reports that Penn State will announce on Friday it is officially fielding a Division I men’s hockey team.

Penn State to add hockey

(Penn State has long fielded a powerhouse club team)

Kennedy noted that a large donation “earmarked for a hockey team” was the impetus for the move and could fund scholarships and a new hockey arena. Perhaps not coincidental to Penn State’s move, the NCAA’s 2013 and 2014 Frozen Fours will be held in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, respectively.

To fulfill Title IX requirements, Penn State is also considering fielding a women’s team but at the very least will have to add the same number of female scholarship athletes to the school’s athletic program as male hockey scholarship players.

The school’s Board of Governors is expected to sign off on the plan as soon as tomorrow with an announcement on Friday.

Penn State’s adoption of D1 hockey is no surprise and has been rumored for some time. Hockey News reporter Kennedy also noted that the Big Ten conference may have interest in fielding its own hockey conference with games televised on the conference’s television network. Read more…