Hockey is returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage after donors, including the NHL's newest team, raised over $3 million after the program was eliminated.

"It's a great day to be a Seawolf," UAA chancellor Sean Parnell said Tuesday when announcing the team would return to the ice for the 2022-23 season. "It's our day to celebrate the reinstatement of the program."

The team will need a year to regroup after losing its coach and players in the past 12 months, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The Alaska Board of Regents cut the program last year, but said it could be saved if supporters raised $3 million — or the amount needed to cover two years of operating costs.

The Save Seawolf Hockey fundraising campaign met that goal Monday.