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Connecticut, Holy Cross Explore Hockey East Option

by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer

Both Connecticut and Holy Cross have informed Atlantic Hockey officials that they are exploring the possibility of joining Hockey East.

RPI has also been discussed internally by members of Hockey East.

Hockey East has expressed a desire to reach 12 teams, following the recent addition of Notre Dame as an 11th member as of the 2013-14 season.

According to a report in the Worcester Telegram last month, the city of Worcester is willing to help Holy Cross in its Hockey East bid, including providing the use of the DCU Center for home games.

Both UConn and Holy Cross currently play home games in arenas that would be significantly smaller than other rinks in the league (Holy Cross' Hart Center seats just 1,400 people).

Michael Germain, Councilor-at-Large for the city of Worcester, a Holy Cross alum and one-time hockey star there, is making a push for the 10,000-plus-seat DCU Center to host Crusaders games. That would theoretically make things more attractive for Hockey East.

"Clearly, we cannot speak for Holy Cross, nor should we, nor should we try," Germain told the Telegram. "If Holy Cross wants to do it, it would need to move its (home) games from the Hart Center because it is too small. They would have to play at the DCU Center, and that is something we as a city might be able to help the college out with.

"The economic spinoff from something like that is something to consider because hockey is huge in this city," he added. "There is a lot of support in this area for Holy Cross hockey. ... Let's not miss out on this opportunity."

Even with the DCU Center, however, it's not clear whether Hockey East would find Holy Cross an attractive option.

According to multiple sources, Hockey East is not close to making a decision or announcement on a 12th member.

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