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    More renovations to Bowling Green's Slater Family Ice Arena. It also mentions the current study underway to expand the facility.
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    Re: WCHA offseason thread 2017.

    So, anyone hearing ASU to the WCHA will be announced at the AHCA convention in Naples?

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    I'm sure they will be. I hate ASU and I dislike the coach they have, but they are coming in.
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    Re: WCHA offseason thread 2017.

    Now with Mel Pearson gone, who will be the next WCHA representative to the NCAA tournament selection committee (which should be called the tournament placement committee since they have no say over who gets in anymore)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John J. MacInnes View Post
    Now with Mel Pearson gone, who will be the next WCHA representative to the NCAA tournament selection committee (which should be called the tournament placement committee since they have no say over who gets in anymore)?
    Hastings or Serratore are my guesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    I'm sure they will be. I hate ASU and I dislike the coach they have, but they are coming in.
    You hate ASU? I never would have guessed!

    A few weeks ago I thought ASU to the WCHA was a done deal. Now I'm more like 65-35. There were some internal thoughts about there being another conference shift and waiting for that to sort itself out would be a better idea. Then there is weighing the additional money that they would probably have to pay to offset visiting team travel and their desire to not be locked into the conference by virtue of a contract. The next few weeks should answer many of these questions based on the decisions that are made. I personally would find it hard to believe they don't get into a conference. They just signed the 12th-ranked recruiting class and the current group is tracking to be even better, so you would imagine they would want to get them some sort of postseason opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    So, anyone hearing ASU to the WCHA will be announced at the AHCA convention in Naples?
    2018-19 season entry I believe

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    I don't see ASU in the WCHA for much longer than a decade, but I don't have a huge problem with them joining, as long as it works out financially.

    I would hate to think they are just being brought in as insurance in case one, or both Alaska schools drop(s), but such is business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    I don't see ASU in the WCHA for much longer than a decade, but I don't have a huge problem with them joining, as long as it works out financially.

    I would hate to think they are just being brought in as insurance in case one, or both Alaska schools drop(s), but such is business.
    Hell, the WCHA won't look like it does now in a decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    I'm sure they will be. I hate ASU and I dislike the coach they have, but they are coming in.
    Why do you hate ASU?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfmorris View Post
    Hell, the WCHA won't look like it does now in a decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bose301s View Post
    Why do you hate ASU?
    I'm not agains them coming in to the league. I think the league will benefit from them being here and for however long it is. I also think it's the right move if you are them. However, I don't like what I see as lying to the recruits in order to get them in the door. And I don't much like the style of play they have. They are very physical and not always as sportsmanlike as they should be.
    but yeah, it will be an asset to the league. And btw no matter what league it is, they will have to subsidize travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manurespreader View Post
    I'm not agains them coming in to the league. I think the league will benefit from them being here and for however long it is. I also think it's the right move if you are them. However, I don't like what I see as lying to the recruits in order to get them in the door. And I don't much like the style of play they have. They are very physical and not always as sportsmanlike as they should be.
    but yeah, it will be an asset to the league. And btw no matter what league it is, they will have to subsidize travel.
    I never heard anything about the lying to recruits thing, care to explain, a PM is fine if you don't want to post it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bose301s View Post
    I never heard anything about the lying to recruits thing, care to explain, a PM is fine if you don't want to post it here.
    I would like to hear as well and what kind of sources you have. I'm around this program a lot and have not seen none that. I talk to many of the parents in the stands and they all have nothing but great things to say. Now have players left? Absolutely. Will other players leave? Of course. No different than any other program. This program won't be a for everyone, but what program in any sport is? But I certainly take heart when a player like Baillargeon, who played here one year after playing three with BU, says it was his best year of hockey and he considers himself a Sun Devil. Now we do play a heavy, physical style. And if you look at our recruits, will continue to do so. But if you listen to many interviews with the coach that style was the quickest way to competing. I think that proved true last year in our first full D1 season. There are still some hurdles to address in the program, with the arena announcement being most critical, but in my opinion it is being built in the right way. This program recorded the highest GPA of any team in the athletic building. That's impressive for a lot of these guys who haven't experienced the true classroom environment in years. I'm not looking to change opinions, not my place, but figured I would share my experiences as someone who goes to every home game and travels some as well.

    With all that said, I hope it works our for ASU and the WCHA. I enjoyed meeting the Tech fans a few years ago at our place and enjoy the conference. It would be a great landing spot for ASU. Go Devils!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    So, anyone hearing ASU to the WCHA will be announced at the AHCA convention in Naples?
    As long as they agree to play 28 conference road games I don't see a problem with this. You have to have a rink to play home games and they are simply not going to have one by 2018-19 unless the Coyotes move to OR before then.
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    Re: WCHA offseason thread 2017.

    So any announcements I missed out on?
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    Re: WCHA offseason thread 2017.

    It looks like the schedules will be released later this week according to a post on the WCHA's Twitter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSSULaker889294 View Post
    It looks like the schedules will be released later this week according to a post on the WCHA's Twitter.
    NMU & Tech will play at Las Vegas with BC and Arizona St on Jan 5-6

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSSULaker889294 View Post
    It looks like the schedules will be released later this week according to a post on the WCHA's Twitter.
    So based on past history it should come out any time between now and May 31st.


    I'm also guessing if we don't hear anything about ASU before the 17-18 WCHA schedule is released they are going to be without a conference home for at least another season if not two. If they are not in a conference for the 2018-19 season, anyone who cares about ASU D-I hockey better start hitting the panic button. The life of an independent D-I team is finite and they are already having trouble filling the second half of their seasons with legit games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    So based on past history it should come out any time between now and May 31st.


    I'm also guessing if we don't hear anything about ASU before the 17-18 WCHA schedule is released they are going to be without a conference home for at least another season if not two. If they are not in a conference for the 2018-19 season, anyone who cares about ASU D-I hockey better start hitting the panic button. The life of an independent D-I team is finite and they are already having trouble filling the second half of their seasons with legit games.
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