Penn State Adds Men’s and Women’s Division I Hockey

September 18th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Penn State University has announced the establishment of NCAA Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. The Nittany Lions hockey teams will take to the ice beginning with the 2012-13 season.

Terry and Kim Pegula recently donated $88 million to Penn State. The donation will fund the building of a new multipurpose arena that will house the ice hockey teams.

Terry Pegula graduated from Penn State in 1973 and went on to found East Resources Inc, an energy company focused on natural gas in the West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York areas. Earlier this year Pegula sold the company to Royal Dutch Shell PLC for $4.9 billion.

Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley released the following statement regarding the formation of the hockey teams:

“This is the fulfilment of a dream for many that have been longtime advocates and supporters of Penn State hockey. As with all of our programs, we will expect both the men’s and women’s teams to compete for championships and achieve at a high level.”

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