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Could UConn Make The Jump To The Hockey East?

In a region of the country that loves its Division I college hockey, especially the Hockey East, which features Boston University, Boston College and UMass, it makes sense for a local school to take advantage, and according to SB Nation's the UConn Blog the University of Connecticut maybe trying to do just that.

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"UConn has hired a consulting firm to "evaluate the current level of support" it gives to it its hockey program, according to a statement posted to UConnHuskies.com."

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The UConn Blog also noted that the Huskies' interim athletic director Paul Pendergast said last week that UConn has not been offered an invite, but the school is looking into extending scholarships to its ice hockey program, which currently can't offer any to recruits.

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"Long story short: this consulting firm was probably not hired to cut hockey," writes Andrew Porter of the UConn Blog. "Even more important, Notre Dame is joining Hockey East as the conference's 11th member in 2013-2014, so if UConn ever wanted to make a jump up to hockey relevance, now would be the time."

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For more on UConn sports, check out the SB Nation blog The UConn Blog.