Penn State Division I hockey comes to Wilkes-Barre

On the weekend of Oct. 12, the Penn State Nittany Lion hockey team will be making history by playing their first weekend of Division I intercollegiate hockey with two games against American International University. The second of their two weekend games will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wilkes-Barre’s Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Face-off will be at 7:05 p.m. in what is expected to be a sea of blue and white.

Interested individuals can purchase tickets by calling Chris Sipsky, director of group sales for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, at 570-970-3607.

James Reino, For the Future: the Campaign for Penn State Students chair at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, worked with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins CEO Jeff Barrett; Vice President of Corporate Sales Rob Belza; Joe Battista, associate athletic director, Penn State Ice Arena and Hockey Development; and members of the Penn State Hockey Program to bring this event to the area.

In addition to the hockey game on Oct.13, a raffle of hockey and sports memorabilia from Penn State and the Penguins will take place behind section 108 of the arena. Proceeds will benefit the Margaret Reino Endowed Scholarship at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Also, alumni organizations will have tables at the event with free items and an opportunity to connect with other alumni and friends.

“When Jim approached us about the event, the Alumni Constituent Society knew immediately they needed to be a part of this historic night,” explained Karen Brace-Hodle, external relations assistant at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. “The best part of this being held at Mohegan Sun Arena is the opportunity for us to partner with our alumni and friends from Hazleton, Worthington Scranton, and Schuylkill. Our hope, much like Jim’s and the Penguins organization, is that we can make this an annual event for our local Penn Staters.”

Initially, according to Chris Sipsky, director of group sales for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the team hoped to have 3,000 people in attendance, however, indications are that the attendance will be surpassing that number.

In 2012-13, the Nittany Lions will compete as an independent and play 23 games against NCAA Division I opponents from all five conferences -- Atlantic Hockey, CCHA, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, and WCHA – and fellow independent Alabama Huntsville. Penn State also will face-off against three NCAA Division III foes, while playing eight exhibition games.

For additional information on this event, contact Karen Brace-Hodle at or call 570-675-9228.

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Last Updated January 15, 2013