The UConn hockey program will join Hockey East in in two years and the XL Center will become its home rink for conference games.

But on Nov. 24, the Huskies will skate at their future home as part of a doubleheader with the Whale. UConn and Air Force will play at 3:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Whale-Norfolk game.

It's the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so there's the potential for a good crowd in Hartford. 

Here's the press release on the event:

 

UConn Men’s Hockey To Face Air Force At XL Center In Double Header With The Connecticut Whale

 
The Huskies will face Air Force on November 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
 
STORRS, Conn. (November 2, 2012) - The University of Connecticut men’s hockey team will host Air Force at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Saturday, November 24 at 3:30 p.m.  The game will be the opener of a hockey doubleheader as the Connecticut Whale takes on the defending Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m.
 
The XL Center will serve as UConn’s home ice for Hockey East contests when the Huskies join the nation’s most prestigious conference in 2014-15.
 
“This is a great opportunity for our team to play in Hartford at the XL Center,” said UConn head coach Bruce Marshall. “It’s exciting for our players to suit up in a major arena, especially against Air Force who we played a terrific playoff series with last season. It’ll be a great night for the fans to watch hockey in downtown Hartford.”
 
Air Force has won the last two Atlantic Hockey Association titles to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
 
Connecticut will compete in the Atlantic Hockey Association for the next two seasons before joining Hockey East.
 
UConn hockey season ticket holders, including students, should use their original ticket for the game.