Arizona State University will become the 60th Division I hockey school, starting in the 2016-17 season, the school announced in a press conference Tuesday.
One of the most successful club teams in the nation, the Sun Devils will become the first Pac-12 school and the first school in the Southwestern United States to house a Division I hockey program. ASU won its first American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship in 2013-14, going 38-2-0.
"When I heard the news, I just thought that is a really cool thing," said Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving, who spent the past decade in the front office of the Arizona Coyotes before joining the Flames this summer.
According to the school, the elevation of the program was made possible by hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former Sun Devil hockey student-athlete Chris Mullett, who came together to donate $32 million.