I sort of feel like they're in a catch-22 with the Arena and Conference issues. I feel like the school is hesitant to invest in an expensive on-campus arena without a spot in a major conference and a guaranteed future, and the conferences are hesitant to offer ASU a spot without an arena and a guaranteed commitment to the program from the school. That's not to mention the travel concerns and the uncertainty right now in college hockey (everyone seems convinced another shakeup is coming). Sooner or later one side or the other is going to have to take a leap of faith or ASU hockey could be in trouble.
Anyways, I'll be really interested to see how you guys do on the ice this year. Definitely a better team, but a much tougher schedule to go along with it. I'm excited to see you guys come up to Columbus next semester. OSU fans (the students at least) aren't the most knowledgeable when it comes to college hockey outside the Big 10. They generally have very little idea of who the traditional powers are. I think there will be a lot of excitement to see a national big-name football/basketball school come to town.