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Here’s what the Associated Press is reporting Thursday on varsity hockey coming to Penn State:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Division I hockey will soon be skating into Happy Valley.

A Penn State official familiar with the plan said Thursday the university will start a Division I hockey program. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement is expected Friday.

The university has scheduled a press conference after a trustees meeting Friday to make a “significant gift and facility announcement,” with school president Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley expected to attend.

Penn State has had a club hockey team called the Icers since 1971. The Icers are considered one of the top club programs in the country.

Five other Big Ten schools play Division I hockey, but there is no Big Ten hockey league.

Minnesota and Wisconsin play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Altoona Mirror last month, citing an anonymous source close to the situation, reported that Penn State was on the verge of building a new hockey arena and adding Division I hockey.

The current Penn State club hockey team plays at the Penn State Ice Pavilion, which seats about 1,500. Penn State had a varsity team from 1939-1946, then a club team starting in 1971.

Penn State also has had a women’s club hockey team, the Lady Icers, since 1996-97.

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