The Notre Dame Fighting Irish make their first appearance ever at Alfond Arena as a Hockey East member this weekend. A two game set that starts tonight.

Notre Dame is in its second season as a member of Hockey East. The team is 6-5-3 in conference play, 11-14-3 overall.

Maine is 5-8-1 and 10-16-2.

When you think of Notre Dame you think of football and the Irish basketball teams have become nationally prominent as well.

NOTE:  Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson was Lake Superior State coach back in 1993 when UMaine won its first national championship. The Black Bears came back on the Lakers in the third period to win 5-4 with Jim Montgomery and Paul Kariya.