Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/23/13
  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 in.
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