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Gopher Illustrated reports that North Dakota will be invited to the Big Ten Hockey
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.
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This more than makes up for any move by other sports to Slummit.

Wow.

This would be like if Cincinnati was offered a FB Only by the B12 out of the blue.
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Gopher Illustrated is a pay site, so didn't link it. Also, Notre Dame is not AAU, so a UND move wouldn't set a precedent.
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Wow. Pretty impressive what goes on in North Dakota as far as hockey and NDSU FB. Gotta be some of the best fans in the country.

If I remember correctly the B1G turned down ASU recently. Maybe someday they will invite Omaha as well since that is big 10 country anyway and they bring a nice crowd as well. Denver is just a long way away.
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If UND leaves the NCHC, could see this happening to the rest of western hockey:

http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2016/4/20/11318170/
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Would the B1G ever consider adding UConn for Hockey?
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(02-15-2017 08:46 PM)p23570 Wrote:  Would the B1G ever consider adding UConn for Hockey?

The Big Ten needs eight for scheduling, not seven. Possible but UCONN fans have always said it's an all or nothing deal. The MSG appearance by UND proved that it can deliver there, when it was previously thought that only some Hockey East schools can deliver those types of numbers.
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(02-15-2017 08:51 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 08:46 PM)p23570 Wrote:  Would the B1G ever consider adding UConn for Hockey?

The Big Ten needs eight for scheduling, not seven. Possible but UCONN fans have always said it's an all or nothing deal. The MSG appearance by UND proved that it can deliver there, when it was previously thought that only some Hockey East schools can deliver those types of numbers.

I suspect fans might not be making those decisions. I understand UND performed well in MSG but that may not be sustainable on a long term basis. At some point schools like UConn might make sense with so many B1G alum in the area.
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(02-15-2017 09:12 PM)p23570 Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 08:51 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 08:46 PM)p23570 Wrote:  Would the B1G ever consider adding UConn for Hockey?

The Big Ten needs eight for scheduling, not seven. Possible but UCONN fans have always said it's an all or nothing deal. The MSG appearance by UND proved that it can deliver there, when it was previously thought that only some Hockey East schools can deliver those types of numbers.

I suspect fans might not be making those decisions. I understand UND performed well in MSG but that may not be sustainable on a long term basis. At some point schools like UConn might make sense with so many B1G alum in the area.

UConn is nestled in the mountains of New England.

Not too many B1G alums up there.
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RE: Gopher Illustrated reports that North Dakota will be invited to the Big Ten Hockey
(02-15-2017 09:32 PM)Kittonhead Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 09:12 PM)p23570 Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 08:51 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(02-15-2017 08:46 PM)p23570 Wrote:  Would the B1G ever consider adding UConn for Hockey?

The Big Ten needs eight for scheduling, not seven. Possible but UCONN fans have always said it's an all or nothing deal. The MSG appearance by UND proved that it can deliver there, when it was previously thought that only some Hockey East schools can deliver those types of numbers.

I suspect fans might not be making those decisions. I understand UND performed well in MSG but that may not be sustainable on a long term basis. At some point schools like UConn might make sense with so many B1G alum in the area.

UConn is nestled in the mountains of New England.

Not too many B1G alums up there.
I believe we were discussing MSG, NYC, and Boston. And yes there are plenty of B1G alum in those areas.

I can assure you that there are no mountains in Connecticut unless you are an eastern tenderfoot. Those of us in the Mountain time zone know what real mountains look like. From a mountain perspective Connecticut is like a poor mans black hills with no mt rushmore, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, or mountain goats.
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