Augustana University is gearing up for its first hockey season in 2023 and they are making some waves with their schedule in their inaugural season.

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First, they added Notre Dame recently to their schedule in 2023 for two games and now they have added the 2022 National Champions.

Augustana Hockey will face off against the 2022 National Champion Denver Pioneers as well in their inaugural season.

It is really cool to see the Augustana Hockey team go all in on making their first season a memorable one.

Here is the complete release from Augustana Hockey and the Augustana Athletic Department on the news.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana men's hockey head coach Garrett Raboin has announced two more games to the inaugural schedule for the 2023-24 season including the defending national champions. The Vikings will travel to the State of Colorado to take on the 2022 National Champion Denver Pioneers on Oct. 27, 2023. The following night, Augustana will play at Colorado College.

Both programs are members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Denver has tallied nine national championships, tied for the most in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey after winning the 2022 championship. The Pioneers finished 2022 with a 31-9-1 record.

Colorado College opened a brand new rink before the 2021-22 season. The Tigers have placed 38 players into the NHL and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament on 20 occasions.

Previously, Raboin announced a two-game series at Notre Dame to take place Dec. 30-31, 2023, in South Bend, Indiana.

A member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Augustana men's hockey will make its debut in 2023-24. Augustana has recently announced an equipment deal with CCM. When the puck drops on the inaugural season, the Vikings will be playing in the on-campus Midco Arena currently under construction. To view a live construction camera, click here.

To join the season ticket interest list, click here.

About Augustana Athletics
Located in the heart of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University athletics is home to five team NCAA Division II National Championships while competing primarily in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Having won four national championships since 2010, the Vikings have shown broad-based athletics excellence by finishing in the top-20 of the Division II Learfield Director's Cup standings in 11 of the last 12 years. In the classroom, Augustana has consistently led the NSIC in All-Academic honorees and tallied 57 Academic All-America honors since 2010.

For more information on Augustana Hockey, their other programs within their athletic department and future schedules for all sports, you can visit their team website.

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