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Hockey East Recruiting: Notre Dame coming into Massachusetts to grab Cal Burke of Nobles

Notre Dame picked up a key commitment from New England born '97 forward Cal Burke.

Jonathan Daniel

Cal Burke, a '97 forward from Nobles (MA) Prep, has committed to Notre Dame for the fall of 2015 or 2016. Burke is a five-foot-ten-inch swift skating prospect who was picked by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the 2013 USHL Draft.

The commitment could be a sign of things to come for the Fighting Irish hockey program. Jeff Jackson's team will be competing in Hockey East for the first time this upcoming season. The Midwest and Canada has been the predominant recruiting territory for Notre Dame, but the entry into Hockey East could pave the way for future recruits from New England.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow Jeff on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.