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University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
Travis Hughes at SBNation on twitter, "NHL is holding a press conference 'in support of college hockey' in Chicago tomorrow. Univ. of Illinois athletic director will be there." Link
06-22-2017 01:45 PM
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Interesting. But why in Chicago? UIC restarting?
06-22-2017 02:00 PM
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Apparently it's just an initiative. Not sure why Illini AD is getting involved.
https://twitter.com/mikemcmahonchn/statu...4802207745
06-22-2017 02:03 PM
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https://www.thechampaignroom.com/2017/6/...conference

Is the University of Illinois on the verge of announcing a Division-I Hockey program?
Fighting Illini athletic director Josh Whitman is attending an NHL press conference on Friday.
06-22-2017 02:03 PM
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(06-22-2017 02:03 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  Apparently it's just an initiative. Not sure why Illini AD is getting involved.
https://twitter.com/mikemcmahonchn/statu...4802207745


That's the million dollar question...
06-22-2017 02:04 PM
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Apparently, the NHL will fund ice hockey feasibility studies for five DI schools. Illinois is one of them.

Others might be Arizona, USC, UNLV, Stanford, Rutgers, Colorado, Utah, Syracuse, Iowa, Nebraska.

Announcement tonight.
06-23-2017 12:58 PM
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
That's kinda bogus ... we could tell them what is obvious, for free: it's expensive.

If the NHL really wants to push college hockey to be more like college bball or football ... then pay for it!
06-23-2017 01:03 PM
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(06-23-2017 12:58 PM)NoDak Wrote:  Apparently, the NHL will fund ice hockey feasibility studies for five DI schools. Illinois is one of them.

Others might be Arizona, USC, UNLV, Stanford, Rutgers, Colorado, Utah, Syracuse, Iowa, Nebraska.

Announcement tonight.

Source?


If so, that would be outstanding.

Although I am still pissed that NAU doesn't have DI hockey anymore - if any Arizona school has it, it should be NAU.

Getting more western schools would help hockey expand penetration in hearts and minds.
06-23-2017 01:05 PM
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(06-23-2017 01:05 PM)dbackjon Wrote:  
(06-23-2017 12:58 PM)NoDak Wrote:  Apparently, the NHL will fund ice hockey feasibility studies for five DI schools. Illinois is one of them.

Others might be Arizona, USC, UNLV, Stanford, Rutgers, Colorado, Utah, Syracuse, Iowa, Nebraska.

Announcement tonight.

Source?


If so, that would be outstanding.

Although I am still pissed that NAU doesn't have DI hockey anymore - if any Arizona school has it, it should be NAU.

Getting more western schools would help hockey expand penetration in hearts and minds.

There are posters on our board very tied into the hockey world (former pros, coaches etc).
06-23-2017 01:06 PM
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RE: University of Illinois upgrading Club Hockey to D1?
Look - the source
Link!! That is so easy!!
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/20...g-More.php




The NHL will announce later today that the league will sponsor studies at five U.S. colleges to examine the feasibility of a Division I hockey program on those campuses, according to an NHL source. The University of Illinois will be the first university to undergo the study.
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06-23-2017 01:08 PM
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