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    U of Illinois AD and the NHL will have a joint press conference Friday June 23rd supporting college hockey.
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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Unfortunately, it looks like they're not adding a team at this time. Maybe soon, though?

    https://twitter.com/MikeMcMahonCHN/s...31444802207745

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Looks like an announcement of the annual Blackhawk outdoor game.

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff77 View Post
    Unfortunately, it looks like they're not adding a team at this time. Maybe soon, though?
    https://twitter.com/MikeMcMahonCHN/s...31444802207745
    Football is bad, bball is mediocre at best, and you expect the AD to start up a hockey program?

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Quote Originally Posted by 4four4 View Post
    https://twitter.com/TravisSBN/status/877916599470006273

    U of Illinois AD and the NHL will have a joint press conference Friday June 23rd supporting college hockey.
    If you think you're going to get an announcement about Illinois and/or Northwestern joining the B1G, don't hold your breath. Startup costs and Title IX still loom as formidable obstacles, and not necessarily in that order. (Home I'm wrong.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Split-N View Post
    If you think you're going to get an announcement about Illinois and/or Northwestern joining the B1G, don't hold your breath. Startup costs and Title IX still loom as formidable obstacles, and not necessarily in that order. (Home I'm wrong.)
    Best chance is Iowa if they get the endowment money for a Mens and Womens program. They have the facility hurdle box checked as the new $73 Million Coralville Arena will be built right by campus:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=cora...XxtFig7hECxEM:

    Next would be Nebraska since the have the Breslow Ice Arena and Pinnicle Bank Arena having an ice floor.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=nebr...Q05NgYlU30YYM:

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    from the USHL site today....

    Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL, joined senior leadership from USA Hockey and the United States Hockey League in announcing a long-term agreement that will provide financial support and other resources in furthering development of players, coaches and officials participating in the nation’s top level of junior hockey – a primary springboard to NCAA Division I and professional ice hockey. The agreement establishes cooperation in the following areas: both on-ice and off-ice player development, coaching, officiating, playing rule development, and cross-promotion, in addition to marketing, communications and community engagement.

    “We depend on amateur hockey organizations all over the world to develop the players, coaches and officials that aspire to matriculate to the NHL,” said Daly. “The USHL has consistently demonstrated an ability to produce outstanding talent. Going forward, it is our continued intent to focus resources on the USHL’s developmental efforts.”
    Have to think that tomorrow's announcement will be along similar lines but don't know why Illinois would be involved unless the NHL is going to channel some funds to the ACHA as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draighlicht View Post
    from the USHL site today....



    Have to think that tomorrow's announcement will be along similar lines but don't know why Illinois would be involved unless the NHL is going to channel some funds to the ACHA as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Chicago Steel just won the Clark Cup. And with the NHL Draft at the United Center...
    should have added a couple more words - University of Illinois. I understand why Illinois as a state is involved, but don't understand why the University of Illinois is involved

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draighlicht View Post
    ...don't know why Illinois would be involved unless the NHL is going to channel some funds to the ACHA as well.
    The NHL becoming involved with the ACHA would make no sense. It's a nice organization that gives thousands of college kids a chance to play but it has zero player development potential.
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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    and the state of Illinois is basically broke/bankrupt, so there is no hope of state help.....

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Looks like an announcement of the annual Blackhawk outdoor game.
    Outdoor game to be played at Memorial Stadium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdt1081 View Post
    I wonder if he would match a certain dollar amount to entice UoI alums to help fund a D1 program, so the B1G can get back to an even number of teams?

    Though that's a bit of a stretch, I can also see it being something like "Look what we did at Penn State. You can be successful here."

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    CHN is reporting the NHL is paying for five schools to have feasibility studies done to start Division 1 programs. Illinois is one of those schools.

    http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2017/06/23_NHL-Hopes-to-Help-Bring-More.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGDrew View Post
    CHN is reporting the NHL is paying for five schools to have feasibility studies done to start Division 1 programs. Illinois is one of those schools.
    http://www.collegehockeynews.com/new...Bring-More.php
    Odd they did not mention the other universities. Funny the claim of a good club team means anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGDrew View Post
    CHN is reporting the NHL is paying for five schools to have feasibility studies done to start Division 1 programs....
    So just what is/are the unknown(s) that apparently must be studied in great detail, beyond how to come up with enough $$$$ to endow a program, build a venue, and buy your way out of Title IX?
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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Anybody remember the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) Flames?
    I went often when I lived in Milwaukee.
    It would be great if the University of Illinois
    was in a position to have a D1 team.

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    Re: U of Illinois AD & NHL joint press conference

    Quote Originally Posted by Northbynorthwest View Post
    Football is bad, bball is mediocre at best, and you expect the AD to start up a hockey program?
    Less competition in hockey. Maybe?
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