Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/8/13
  Soldier Field (home of the Chicago Bears) will host two hockey games on February 17, 2013 in the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic. The double header will feature Notre Dame vs. Miami of Ohio in the first game, and Minnesota and Wisconsin finishing off the night. It will be the first time Soldier Field will host hockey. However, the city of Chicago is familiar with hosting outdoor hockey. In 2009 the Blackhawks welcomed the Redwings to Wrigley field for the NHL Winter Classic. For Wisconsin and Minnesota, it will be the last time the two will meet in the regular season as members of the WCHA. With the Penn State hockey program becoming a varsity sport, the Big Ten is forming a Hockey Conference. Starting in 2013-14, Wisconsin and Minnesota will join Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State  in the Big Ten Hockey Conference. Notre Dame and Miami, CCHA members, are also changing their conference affiliation. With the introduction of the Big Ten, the CCHA is disbanding after this season. Notre Dame will join the Hockey East and Miami will be a member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference next season. By the way, this is a funny aside about the game from Deadspin Jared Beers, a junior defenseman on the Notre Dame hockey team, was arrested Monday night after a weekend incident at Brothers Bar & Grill in South Bend. According to police, the 22-year-old Beers repeatedly tried to take beers from other customers, and got violent when the bar manager tried to eject him from the premises. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too. The post Soldier Field Prepares for Hockey City Classic appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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