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An artist’s rendering of the 1,000-seat ice arena being built by Trine University (photo: Trine University).

Trine University in Angola, Ind., is adding Division III men’s and women’s hockey programs in 2017, the school announced Thursday.

The school is applying for membership in the NCHA and will build a $4.5 million, 1,000-seat arena for the hockey programs.

Trine has received a lead gift toward a $16 million building project that includes the hockey rink and a 3,000-seat athletic and event center.

“We are grateful for the generosity of those who continue to support the mission we have of providing a quality, well-rounded education here at Trine,” school president Earl D. Brooks II said in a news release. “These new buildings will not only provide better facilities for our athletic teams and the opportunity to expand our athletic programs, but more opportunities for our students and staff to stay in shape, and recreation for the community as a whole.”

Trine last month posted job openings for head men’s and women’s Division III coaches as well as for a head coach of an ACHA Division I team.