A move for survival will also increase the exposure the Notre Dame hockey team receives, at least that's the plan.
The Irish's move from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to the Hockey East Association was made necessary when the Big Ten decided to form its own hockey league beginning in 2013-14.
That prompted Notre Dame to find a new home, which it did in the Hockey East beginning in the 2013-14 season.
"When the necessity of deciding where we would play hockey in the future was presented to us, we felt a special pressure to get it right," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said at a news conference officially announcing the move Wednesday. "At the end of the day, the choice was a clear one for us."
Along with the move to the new hockey conference, Notre Dame and the league will have a platform to show its sport on nationally.
The university and league will have a home on NBC Sports' cable network Versus, which will be rebranded NBC Sports Network in January. And the Irish will have a considerable presence on the channel.
"Our hope is to get a very robust schedule on our air of Notre Dame games, and, obviously, when the opportunity arises, Hockey East games as well," said Jon Miller, president for programming, NBC Sports and Versus.
Swarbrick said the details are still being worked on for how many games will be televised.
"We have the outlines of it in place but a little more work to do," Swarbrick said. "We want to coordinate that announcement with NBC. I can say, I think without reservation, that the University of Notre Dame's hockey team will have a more robust national television platform than any program in the country."
The Hockey East is currently comprised of Boston College, Boston University, Maine, Massachusetts, Massachusetts-Lowell, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence and Vermont.
The league has produced seven national championship teams since 1993, including winning three titles in row from 2008-10 with Boston College winning in 2008 and 2010 and Boston University winning in 2009.
"Obviously, this is a huge day for our program," Irish coach Jeff Jackson said. "Without question, knowing the coaches in that league and the programs in that league, it's going to give us the opportunity to play some of the top teams in the country on a regular basis, to play for a conference and playoff championship, and hopefully it will create a long term relationship as far as our alumni out east."