Is NCAA hockey finally on the horizon for Illinois? – Chicago Tribune

For decades, promising youth hockey players in Illinois have not had an opportunity to play college hockey in their home state.

Since 1996, when Illinois-Chicago’s varsity program disbanded, the state has not had any Division I college hockey programs.

That may be changing.

The University of Illinois is partnering with the NHL and league’s players association to evaluate the addition of hockey as a varsity program, the league announced Friday at the United Center.

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