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RE: Gopher Illustrated reports that North Dakota will be invited to the Big Ten Hockey
I just realized that having ND and ND in the same conference could be potentially confusing.
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RE: Gopher Illustrated reports that North Dakota will be invited to the Big Ten Hockey
(02-15-2017 08:18 PM)NoDak Wrote:  This is burning up Gopher Puck Live, but a report on Gopher Illustrated says UND will be offered Big Ten Hockey this summer. If UND doesn't accept, the Big Ten will offer Minn-Duluth or Omaha. Apparently, the AAU requirement will be waived and no other Big Ten schools will offer hockey in the near future. The same source was the first to report that Fleck will accept the Gophers job.

UND has been the leader in hockey attendance for some years, as Wisconsin no longer draws as well. UMINN and Wisconsin badly need the former rival who brings fans, as their games now are such low crowd energy. In the past week, a UND-Minnesota game in Las Vegas sold out in minutes, and UND brought impressive numbers to MSG in a face off with BC, and held up to 70% of the tickets in the last Frozen Four in Tampa. Our fans travel for hockey more than any school.

If this is offered, don't see any way that UND would turn it down, even if we get a lousy TV deal from the Big Ten Network. Thought our future in hockey was tied to Omaha and Denver and maybe Ariz St. Guess the Gophers and Badgers miss our fans. Have been conference mates with all the Big Ten hockey schools except Penn St (Ohio St is in our women's league).

Maybe even a conference tournament will return to the X in St Paul with fans.

Did you go to MSG for that game? I went to the Rangers-Hurricanes game earlier in the day and was pleased to see all the Fighting Sioux jerseys.
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RE: Gopher Illustrated reports that North Dakota will be invited to the Big Ten Hockey
(02-16-2017 10:02 AM)Scoochpooch Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 08:18 PM)NoDak Wrote:  This is burning up Gopher Puck Live, but a report on Gopher Illustrated says UND will be offered Big Ten Hockey this summer. If UND doesn't accept, the Big Ten will offer Minn-Duluth or Omaha. Apparently, the AAU requirement will be waived and no other Big Ten schools will offer hockey in the near future. The same source was the first to report that Fleck will accept the Gophers job.

UND has been the leader in hockey attendance for some years, as Wisconsin no longer draws as well. UMINN and Wisconsin badly need the former rival who brings fans, as their games now are such low crowd energy. In the past week, a UND-Minnesota game in Las Vegas sold out in minutes, and UND brought impressive numbers to MSG in a face off with BC, and held up to 70% of the tickets in the last Frozen Four in Tampa. Our fans travel for hockey more than any school.

If this is offered, don't see any way that UND would turn it down, even if we get a lousy TV deal from the Big Ten Network. Thought our future in hockey was tied to Omaha and Denver and maybe Ariz St. Guess the Gophers and Badgers miss our fans. Have been conference mates with all the Big Ten hockey schools except Penn St (Ohio St is in our women's league).

Maybe even a conference tournament will return to the X in St Paul with fans.

Did you go to MSG for that game? I went to the Rangers-Hurricanes game earlier in the day and was pleased to see all the Fighting Sioux jerseys.

Had been planning to, but things happened to prevent that.
02-16-2017 10:21 AM
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RE: Gopher Illustrated reports that North Dakota will be invited to the Big Ten Hockey
Johns Hopkins is in the Big Ten for lacrosse. I can understand this.

The Big Ten Network needs programming. Many of these moves are to ensure a more attractive lineup.
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(02-16-2017 09:37 AM)goofus Wrote:  I just realized that having ND and ND in the same conference could be potentially confusing.

We go by UND. Both schools were in the WCHA when Notre Dame first started hockey, so it's not like it's the first time. Both of our facilities are much different now though.

The move to the Summit makes much more sense to me now. Before, thought the future of our hockey program was intertwined with PAC12 schools starting the sport, so we needed a western focus for everything. If this report is true, we need a Midwestern focus for all sports.

Our new President had been saying that UND will be the premiere school in the upper plains, and that will be reflected in athletics too. Took that to mean FBS. A move to the Summit does not do that.
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(02-16-2017 10:23 AM)chess Wrote:  Johns Hopkins is in the Big Ten for lacrosse. I can understand this.

The Big Ten Network needs programming. Many of these moves are to ensure a more attractive lineup.

Apparently, Minnesota and Wisconsin were promised another western team of their choosing. UND will get their fans riled up way more than Michigan or Ohio St do in hockey. By some accounts, Minnesota's most intense rivalry is with us in hockey, not Iowa or Wisconsin in other sports. The last time they beat us in the Frozen Four, rioting broke out on their campus.
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Fantastic add if true.
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The most hockey championships:

Michigan 9
North Dakota 8
Denver 7
Wisconsin 6
Minnesota, BC, BU 5

The Big Ten will be far in the lead if true.
02-16-2017 10:55 AM
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Well...this could be a boost to the BTN Plus network.
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Great move. Now take UCONN.
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