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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
The latest rumor is that Pitt may have a hockey benefactor:

http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/articl...inois-pitt

Penguins have really piqued hockey interest in Pittsburgh.

Also, a St Louis business paper says that Lindenwood may start a team in the Blues news practice facility that seats 3500. Family Arena near Lindenwood seats over 9000, which is probably too large.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
It would be interesting to see if Lindenwood pursues a full Division I program. They could join the Summit League and essentially take over the NCHC:

North Dakota
Omaha
Denver
Lindenwood
Colorado College (hockey only)
Arizona State (hockey only)

The NCHC could then rebuild as a strictly Midwestern Conference:

Miami
Western Michigan
Minnesota-Duluth
Saint Cloud State
Bowling Green (from WCHA)
Northern Michigan (from WCHA)
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
(06-29-2017 08:24 PM)chargeradio Wrote:  It would be interesting to see if Lindenwood pursues a full Division I program. They could join the Summit League and essentially take over the NCHC:

North Dakota
Omaha
Denver
Lindenwood
Colorado College (hockey only)
Arizona State (hockey only)

The NCHC could then rebuild as a strictly Midwestern Conference:

Miami
Western Michigan
Minnesota-Duluth
Saint Cloud State
Bowling Green (from WCHA)
Northern Michigan (from WCHA)
Is six the ideal size for a hockey conference?

I don't follow Redhawks hockey closely by any means, but I had the impression that eight teams in the NCHC is a good number, even if we might wish that Bowling Green was one of the eight.
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
(06-29-2017 08:24 PM)chargeradio Wrote:  It would be interesting to see if Lindenwood pursues a full Division I program. They could join the Summit League and essentially take over the NCHC:

North Dakota
Omaha
Denver
Lindenwood
Colorado College (hockey only)
Arizona State (hockey only)

The NCHC could then rebuild as a strictly Midwestern Conference:

Miami
Western Michigan
Minnesota-Duluth
Saint Cloud State
Bowling Green (from WCHA)
Northern Michigan (from WCHA)

I can't imagine that the current NCHC members would want anything to do with that setup. For schools like North Dakota and Denver, the interests of the NCHC are actually much more important to them for their respective athletic departments than the interests of the Summit (which they can take it or leave it).
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
(06-29-2017 08:24 PM)chargeradio Wrote:  It would be interesting to see if Lindenwood pursues a full Division I program. They could join the Summit League and essentially take over the NCHC:

North Dakota
Omaha
Denver
Lindenwood
Colorado College (hockey only)
Arizona State (hockey only)

The NCHC could then rebuild as a strictly Midwestern Conference:

Miami
Western Michigan
Minnesota-Duluth
Saint Cloud State
Bowling Green (from WCHA)
Northern Michigan (from WCHA)
There's absolutely no way UND or UNO would want to give up their presence in Minnesota. I doubt the NCHC will either expand or contract, the Summit has any interest in starting hockey, or UND would want to break off and start a conference that's even more top-heavy than the old CCHA was.
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The most interesting issue is it appears an ACC hockey configuration is possible down the road, which would benefit an ACC network. Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, and BC could add BU, UCONN and maybe later NCSU and Ga Tech.

The WCHA wanted Ariz St to pay a travel allowances for membership. ASU said no. The NCHC will offer the Sun Devils when they get a decent arena. ASU has been recruiting well and they have put together a marvelous independent schedule.

The B1G didn't consider six as acceptable, as many OOC games were required.
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(06-30-2017 09:37 PM)NoDak Wrote:  The most interesting issue is it appears an ACC hockey configuration is possible down the road, which would benefit an ACC network. Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, and BC could add BU, UCONN and maybe later NCSU and Ga Tech.

The WCHA wanted Ariz St to pay a travel allowances for membership. ASU said no. The NCHC will offer the Sun Devils when they get a decent arena. ASU has been recruiting well and they have put together a marvelous independent schedule.

The B1G didn't consider six as acceptable, as many OOC games were required.

I guess Pitt could just fork $$$ over to the Pens to practice/play at their training rink as there's not much campus space available. Same with Tech but I've got no idea on where the closest rink is to campus.

Tech and NC State's closest opponent is who? Alabama Huntsville? Princeton? Miami (OH)?
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(06-30-2017 10:01 PM)Renandpat Wrote:  
(06-30-2017 09:37 PM)NoDak Wrote:  The most interesting issue is it appears an ACC hockey configuration is possible down the road, which would benefit an ACC network. Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, and BC could add BU, UCONN and maybe later NCSU and Ga Tech.

The WCHA wanted Ariz St to pay a travel allowances for membership. ASU said no. The NCHC will offer the Sun Devils when they get a decent arena. ASU has been recruiting well and they have put together a marvelous independent schedule.

The B1G didn't consider six as acceptable, as many OOC games were required.

I guess Pitt could just fork $$$ over to the Pens to practice/play at their training rink as there's not much campus space available. Same with Tech but I've got no idea on where the closest rink is to campus.

Tech and NC State's closest opponent is who? Alabama Huntsville? Princeton? Miami (OH)?

Liberty will likely start up a program soon with the AHA.

Ga Tech could play in the Gwinnett County arena, whatever it's called.

A Pitt benefactor would probably have to donate an arena.

Alabama seems to quite serious about hockey. Representative have toured several college rinks for ideas.
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(06-30-2017 10:08 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(06-30-2017 10:01 PM)Renandpat Wrote:  
(06-30-2017 09:37 PM)NoDak Wrote:  The most interesting issue is it appears an ACC hockey configuration is possible down the road, which would benefit an ACC network. Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, and BC could add BU, UCONN and maybe later NCSU and Ga Tech.

The WCHA wanted Ariz St to pay a travel allowances for membership. ASU said no. The NCHC will offer the Sun Devils when they get a decent arena. ASU has been recruiting well and they have put together a marvelous independent schedule.

The B1G didn't consider six as acceptable, as many OOC games were required.

I guess Pitt could just fork $$$ over to the Pens to practice/play at their training rink as there's not much campus space available. Same with Tech but I've got no idea on where the closest rink is to campus.

Tech and NC State's closest opponent is who? Alabama Huntsville? Princeton? Miami (OH)?

Liberty will likely start up a program soon with the AHA.

Ga Tech could play in the Gwinnett County arena, whatever it's called.

A Pitt benefactor would probably have to donate an arena.

Alabama seems to quite serious about hockey. Representative have toured several college rinks for ideas.
NoDak, everytime you post, you say which schools are going to make the jump to D1 hockey.

The bigger question for you is: Which schools aren't interested in D1 hockey?

Also, I thought shortly after the Tournament ended, North Dakota was going to announce it was going to leave the NCHC and join the Big 10 as a hockey affiliate. Whatever happened to that?
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(07-01-2017 03:48 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(06-30-2017 10:08 PM)NoDak Wrote:  
(06-30-2017 10:01 PM)Renandpat Wrote:  
(06-30-2017 09:37 PM)NoDak Wrote:  The most interesting issue is it appears an ACC hockey configuration is possible down the road, which would benefit an ACC network. Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, and BC could add BU, UCONN and maybe later NCSU and Ga Tech.

The WCHA wanted Ariz St to pay a travel allowances for membership. ASU said no. The NCHC will offer the Sun Devils when they get a decent arena. ASU has been recruiting well and they have put together a marvelous independent schedule.

The B1G didn't consider six as acceptable, as many OOC games were required.

I guess Pitt could just fork $$$ over to the Pens to practice/play at their training rink as there's not much campus space available. Same with Tech but I've got no idea on where the closest rink is to campus.

Tech and NC State's closest opponent is who? Alabama Huntsville? Princeton? Miami (OH)?

Liberty will likely start up a program soon with the AHA.

Ga Tech could play in the Gwinnett County arena, whatever it's called.

A Pitt benefactor would probably have to donate an arena.

Alabama seems to quite serious about hockey. Representative have toured several college rinks for ideas.
NoDak, everytime you post, you say which schools are going to make the jump to D1 hockey.

The bigger question for you is: Which schools aren't interested in D1 hockey?

Also, I thought shortly after the Tournament ended, North Dakota was going to announce it was going to leave the NCHC and join the Big 10 as a hockey affiliate. Whatever happened to that?

It was a Gopher fan magazine that insisted that UND had an offer. But maybe it was false or now their are other B1G schools that are considering hockey. Few UND fans has totally discounted it, but what strings are there, i.E. would we just get played financially?

The vast majority of DI schools are not candidates. Decent arenas are hard to come by. Just post the ones that have likelihood of success, with a benefactor. Starting hockey is about the most difficult sporting venture in DI, with an arena, an endowment, fan base, and a league all must be considered.
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