Notre Dame hockey adds grad defenseman Adam Karashik from UConn

Tribune Staff Report

Adam Karashik, who played defense for Connecticut of Hockey East for four seasons and spent last year as the Huskies' captain, will join the Notre Dame hockey team for the 2021-22 season as a graduate transfer.

Karashik becomes the third grad transfer to join the Fighting Irish since the end of the 2020-21 season played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously,   former Cornell goaltender Matthew Galajda and former Union and Providence forward Jack Adams announced their intentions to transfer to Notre Dame.

The Irish have lost three players to the transfer portal after they received their degrees in May: goaltender Dylan St. Cyr (Quinnipiac), forwards Colin Theisen (Arizona State) and Pierce Crawford (Mercyhurst). Two others signed NHL contracts -- junior forward Alex Steeves (Toronto) and junior defenseman and team captain Nate Clurman (Colorado).

“Adam is the type of young man and hockey player that makes your program better,” Jackson said. “As a former captain, he brings an infectious attitude and work ethic to our team. He will add grit and tenacity to our back end and will challenge to be a top four defenseman right away.”

The 6-foot, 201-pound Karashik has skated in 119 career games for UConn, a member of Hockey East. A resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, Karashik has five goals and 19 assists for 24 points. He served in the alternate captain role as a junior.

Last season, Karashik played in all 23 games, scoring a goal and adding eight assists for nine points. He also tied for the team lead with 27 penalty minutes on eight penalties.   

As a junior, he played in 33 games and ended the season with three points on three assists while ranking second in Hockey East with 51 blocked shots. He played in all 34 games during his sophomore campaign and had four points on four assists. As a freshman, he played 29 games and totaled eight points on four goals and four assists. He twice won Hockey East All-Academic Team honors.