The University of Connecticut will hold a “Welcome To Hockey East” celebration on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 12 noon in the atrium of the XL Center in Hartford.

UConn announced last week that it was elevating it men’s ice hockey program to join the most prestigious league in the country starting in 2014-15.

Among those scheduled to attend are former UConn All-American ice hockey player and Hartford Whaler Todd Krygier, UConn head coach Bruce Marshall, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford Mayor  Pedro  Segarra, UConn President Susan Herbst, UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel, Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna, XL Center Senior Vice President and General Manager Chuck Steedman.

The event is free and open to the general public. Youth hockey groups are encouraged to attend and wear their team jerseys and members of the public who work in downtown Hartford are invited to spend their lunch hour at the celebration. The UConn pep band and cheerleaders will be in attendance in addition to the Husky mascot.

Krygier and current UConn ice hockey players will be available for autographs following the event.


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