2022-23 D1 Schedule Released!

The air is warm, outdoor pools are full, and most people are refusing to think about the upcoming Winter. However, the players, coaches, and staff of NIU Hockey are already in full preparation and anticipation of NIU Hockey club’s 57th season and the 2022-2023 D1 Regular Season Schedule has been released!

The schedule features 32 games in ACHA play with 20 contests being played on home ice at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. The season is anchored by 20 games against Midwest College Hockey Conference foes including newly added perennial powerhouse University of Jamestown (Jamestown, ND).

Non-Conference opponents include John Carrol University, DePaul University, Western Michigan University, Purdue University, Drury University, and Roosevelt University.


NIU Hockey Club will be ushering in a new era this season with the addition of Head Coach Brad Stoffers. Stoffers comes to the club after a 14 year coaching career at various levels including NCAA D1, NAHL, USPHL, and AAA hockey. Stoffers knows there is a tough task at hand, but has been a part of developing hockey programs his entire career.

“My expectation for this season is to grow on the positives the guys had in the second semester of last season, develop a successful culture where we will be competitive every game, and build a foundation for something special here in the future.”

Home Ice Advantage?

Following a disappointing 2021-22 campaign, the Huskies will look for strength at home this season with 20 of the season’s 32 games and 8 of their first 10 games played on home ice! The Huskies will hope to ride the support of their home crowd to a fast start and more victories in the first season of this #NewEra.

Opening Weekend

Opening weekend this year will be September 16th (7:30 PM) and 17th (4:30 PM) when the Huskies host John Carrol University, a good first test against an opponent that competed in the ACHA National Tournament last season. Tickets for these games and all other home games will go on sale in August so keep an eye on the website and social media for details.

Schedule Highlights

20 Home Games on the schedule this year!

Opening Weekend Sept 16th and 17th vs John Carroll University!

In town rivalry games with DePaul (Sept. 23rd), Illinois State (Nov. 18th &19th), and  Roosevelt (Jan. 6th & 7th)!

Hosting new conference member University of Jamestown (Jan 13th &14th) in their first ever trip to NIU!

Hosting new ACHA program Drury University (Jan. 27th & 28th) in their first official season of hockey!


Tickets for the 2022-2023 season will be available online starting in late August! Stay tuned to our website for more details.