By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna says the conference’s expansion plans are focused on the University of Connecticut.

Bertagna and UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel say they hope to know in June whether UConn will be upgrading its men’s hockey program and becoming a member of Hockey East.

The 10-member conference, which is in the process of adding Notre Dame for 2013, has been looking for a 12th member.

The school and the conference have been in talks that also have included Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and officials with Hartford’s XL Center, a likely venue for games.

Bertagna says while there have been casual conversations with other schools, the league’s talks with UConn are the most serious.

Connecticut currently plays in the Atlantic Hockey conference.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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