Miami hockey is heading to the desert.
The RedHawks will play a home-and-home series vs. Arizona State, with the road portion slated for November of 2024.
The Sun Devils open their new rink, the $134 million Mountain America Community Iceplex, this fall. ASU will share the 5,000-seat venue with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes for the next three seasons.
Miami and Arizona State have never met since the Sun Devils vaulted to Division I in 2015.
The RedHawks’ recently-released 2022-23 schedule features six non-conference contests at Cady Arena and four more on the road, giving them an 18-game home slate.
Miami will host non-conference foes Ferris State, Niagara and Michigan State. The RedHawks travel to UMass.-Lowell – the back end of a series the team inherited several years ago – and Canisius.
Like in 2021-22, Miami opens its season against Ferris State, this time at Cady Arena on Oct. 1.
MU coach Chris Bergeron said that Miami and Ferris State will extend their series beyond 2022-23, and the teams will also continue to meet on opening weekend. That means the RedHawks are likely headed to Big Rapids for their first two games of 2023-24.
As always, Miami will play six NCHC foes at home and six on the road. Miami escapes Minn.-Duluth at home and will not face Colorado College at altitude.
Miami opens conference play against defending NCAA champion Denver on Oct. 28-29 at Cady Arena.
— Two members of the Miami hockey staff have moved on to other positions and need to be replaced.
Director of hockey operations Jimmy Spratt and conditioning coach Nate Strah are both departing the program.
Spratt was recently named an assistant coach for USHL Green Bay.
— Ferris State goalie Carter McPhail announced on his social media page that he is transferring to Miami.
The move makes sense for the RedHawks, as Kirk Laursen – the RedHawks’ third goalie in 2021-22 – recently transferred to Western Michigan, leaving MU with two goalies on its current roster.
McPhail, a senior-to-be, played the last three seasons with the Bulldogs but logged just 96 minutes the past two after playing nine games as a freshman.
In very limited action he posted a 2.74 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for Ferris State in 2021-22.