The Arizona State hockey team has denied the reports made in a series of tweets published by the American hockey newspaper Let's Play Hockey.
According to the tweets, the hockey team is in talks with Don Levin, the owner of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves, to be the lead donor to finance a move to elevate the team to NCAA Division I status. He is also the father of Sun Devil sophomore goalie Robert Levin.
Levin was not aware of the Let's Play Hockey report, and seemed surprised when told of it. He denies the claim that he is a "lead donor."
"I have no idea what they're saying," Levin said. "I don't know where they're getting this information."
Let's Play Hockey also quotes sources saying the Sun Devils will begin NCAA play in 2016-17 at Wells Fargo Arena, the current multi-sport facility that hosts the Arizona State basketball team.
A team source said the Let's Play Hockey reports are inaccurate.
Sources have told LPH that Arizona State is in talks with Don Levin to be the lead donor to fund ASU hockey’s rise to NCAA Division I status— Let's Play Hockey (@LetsPlay_Hockey) November 7, 2014
According to sources, Arizona State would play two more seasons of ACHA hockey and begin Division I play in 2016-17 as an independent.— Let's Play Hockey (@LetsPlay_Hockey) November 7, 2014