NOTRE DAME -

If the Chicago Blackhawks go on to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions this season, we’ll be able to say it all started right here in South Bend.

The defending Stanley Cup champs took the ice Thursday at Notre Dame's Compton Arena for the very first time as they begin their quest to re-gain the Cup!

When they're not spending time working on hockey, the Blackhawks are getting the royal treatment on campus.

They stopped by the Notre Dame football practice to meet the team.

Even though these guys are elite athletes, it was still a treat to watch the Irish on the gridiron.