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Three UConn men’s hockey games to appear on ESPN3

Hockey East and ESPN have reached a multi-year agreement that includes the Hockey East semifinals and championship game.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

On Monday, Hockey East announced they had reached a multi-year agreement with ESPN3 that will broadcast 10 games annually on the network and the Hockey East semifinals and championship game in addition to pre-existing deals with Boston College and New Hampshire.

The commitment began with UConn’s 3-0 loss to Quinnipiac on Jan. 2 and will carry three more of the team’s games.

The Huskies’ home games against Boston College on Feb. 2, Boston University on Feb. 16 and UMass on Feb. 22 are part of the 10 games.

UConn also has a deal in place with MyTV9 to broadcast Thursday’s contest against No. 10 Providence in Hartford on WTNH in addition to their game at home against New Hampshire on Jan. 27.

Combined with New Hampshire’s arrangement with ESPN3, Jan. 20’s clash on the road against Providence on NBC Boston and Feb. 9’s battle against Northeastern on NESN, only one of the Huskies’ nine remaining games will not be televised.

The money that is coming in with this new development can only help a cash-strapped UConn athletic department and the visibility for one of the most fun programs on campus is a good thing. If people see the games on TV and see that college hockey is a fun and exciting game, those people might come out. Good on UConn as well as Hockey East to get the games available to more people.