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    Your Opinion: Conferences in order of strength

    In your opinion, how would you list the conferences from strongest to weakest?

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    Re: Your Opinion: Conferences in order of strength

    Excluding teams from lower Michigan I would have to rank the NCHA #1.
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    Re: Your Opinion: Conferences in order of strength

    Number of teams receiving votes:
    CCC (10)- 3
    MASCAC (7)- 1
    MIAC (9)- 3
    NCHA (12)- 3
    NEHC (8)- 3
    NESCAC (10)- 4
    Northeast (6)- 0
    SUNYAC (9)- 3
    UCHC (9)- 1
    WIAC (5)- 2

    National championships in the past 10 years:
    CCC (10)- 0
    MASCAC (7)- 0
    MIAC (9)- 0
    NCHA (12)- 4
    NEHC (8)- 2
    NESCAC (10)- 1
    Northeast (6)- 0
    SUNYAC (9)- 0
    UCHC (9)- 1
    WIAC (5)- 2

    Records at the time of this post:
    CCC (10): 62-59-13
    MASCAC (7): 41-33-6
    MIAC (9): 46-50-10
    NCHA (12): 67-60-14
    NEHC (8): 43-41-11
    NESCAC (10): 37-33-10
    Northeast (6): 26-24-8
    SUNYAC (9): 59-44-9
    UCHC (9): 41-52-11
    WIAC (5): 31-31-7

    Looking at three criteria (two of which are subjective and change year to year), I would say there is no way to determine a top conference. I was going to try and tier them by top, middle, and lowest, and that isn't even possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MELIN27 View Post
    In your opinion, how would you list the conferences from strongest to weakest?
    A better way to put it is rank regions strongest to weakest.
    1.West
    2.East

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    Re: Your Opinion: Conferences in order of strength

    KRACH final rankings from 2016-17, based on the average ranking of teams in each conference...

    1. NESCAC (28.9)
    2. SUNYAC (31.7)
    3t. NEHC (35.4)
    3t. WIAC (35.4)
    5. ECAC-W (37.8)
    6. NCHA (43.1)
    7. MIAC (44.1)
    8. CCC (46.6)
    9. MASCAC (59.7)
    10. INDEPENDENTS (74.3)
    11. NE-10 (76.3)

    BennettRank (https://herosports.com/rankings/coll...ens-ice-hockey) has an intriguing formula that focuses on strength of schedule and more heavily weighs recent results over early season games. Unfortunately they don't have all teams listed (missing Trine, King's, Bryn Athyn and Chatham) and their conference memberships are all screwed up.

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