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Big Ten hockey still struggling, even with Notre Dame
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/sports...rence.html

While the Big Ten is better rated this year than last years, the top three rated teams have got to hurt its ego as they are NCHC teams:

1. St Cloud St
2. N Dakota
3. Denver

In the first four years of Big Ten hockey, no national champs, compared to:

1. NCHC 2
2. Hockey East 1
2. ECAC 1

Inter conference winning % so far this season:

1. NCHC .624
2 HE .564
3. B1G .543
4. ECAC .515
5. WCHA .392
6. AHA .260

The B1G has scheduled heavily against Atlantic Hockey so far (while the NCHC hasn't played the AHA yet), so their schedule has been relatively weak to boot.

The top team in Michigan so far is WMU, as the Wolverines and Spartans are still struggling.
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if anybody could make a hockey match slow, it would be the B-10
11-07-2017 10:12 AM
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(11-07-2017 06:01 AM)NoDak Wrote:  The top team in Michigan so far is WMU, as the Wolverines and Spartans are still struggling.

Sweet music to my ears! Hockey is a very different sport. ND would be better off in the NCHC. My dream would be to get the three MAC schools (WMU, BGSU, Miami) in the NCHC and add ND.
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(11-07-2017 10:36 AM)WesternSkillet Wrote:  
(11-07-2017 06:01 AM)NoDak Wrote:  The top team in Michigan so far is WMU, as the Wolverines and Spartans are still struggling.

Sweet music to my ears! Hockey is a very different sport. ND would be better off in the NCHC. My dream would be to get the three MAC schools (WMU, BGSU, Miami) in the NCHC and add ND.

My take away is that the Big Ten Hockey Conference has been hurt by breaking up previous rivalries that fans valued. One approach for the B1G might be to expand from 7 to 8 or 9 schools, adding North Dakota and possibly one more traditional rival valued by the historic powerhouse hockey schools.
11-07-2017 10:43 AM
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Most Wisconsin and Minnesota fans I know aren't fans of Big 10 hockey, the pre 2013 WCHA was so much better and had a lot more fan interest. Wisconsin has comparatively little hockey history with Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Notre Dame. Minnesota is the only historic rival we kept in the realignment.

At least Wisconsin appears to be headed back in the right direction with Granato.
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The Big Ten hockey conference is about the bigger long-term picture of overall power, branding and prestige that which will eventually rear its head over time. The fact that the New York Times would even have such a long college hockey article in the first place is only because it's the Big Ten involved. This is about taking what has largely been a regional curiosity and making it national.

At the same time, schools like Minnesota have long made waaaaaaaaaay more money off of the Ohio States and Penn States of the world from the Big Ten TV contracts than the other way around. I love hockey, but it's a rounding error by comparison to the obscene amount of dollars that is taken in by football. So, it would be great if Minnesota partisans would stop their whining at some point. They actually do owe a heck of a lot more from a financial perspective (AKA their entire athletic department) to Penn State than they do to North Dakota or the other Minnesota schools, so they should act accordingly and be thankful that they're a member of arguably the most powerful entity in college sports that can largely dictate the rules as opposed to having rules dictated to them.
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I wish hockey was a thing in the South
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(11-07-2017 10:48 AM)Frank the Tank Wrote:  So, it would be great if Minnesota partisans would stop their whining at some point. They actually do owe a heck of a lot more from a financial perspective (AKA their entire athletic department) to Penn State than they do to North Dakota or the other Minnesota schools, so they should act accordingly and be thankful that they're a member of arguably the most powerful entity in college sports that can largely dictate the rules as opposed to having rules dictated to them.
When were Minnesota’s state of the art hockey facilities built?
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(11-07-2017 11:06 AM)Gamecock Wrote:  I wish hockey was a thing in the South

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RE: Big Ten hockey still struggling, even with Notre Dame
ND hockey joining the Big Ten has lessened my interest in ND hockey.

That said, a quick look today at the standings does show ND at 2-0 in conference play (6-3-1 overall), with the Irish beating Ohio State two times last week in Columbus for the opening weekend of conference play.
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