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huskymike
06-21-2012, 04:37 PM
http://www.courant.com/sports/college/blog/hc-uconn-announces-move-to-hockey-east-20120621,0,1175943.story

ExileOnDaytonStreet
06-21-2012, 04:42 PM
Joe Thornton was traded?

JohnsonsJerseys
06-21-2012, 07:41 PM
So U-Conn will be to Atlantic Hockey what Denver and UND were to the WCHA...
Let the Atlantic Hockey circus begin... The line has been drawn and you're either with AIC or you're against them, but I still would like a jersey either way.

Ryan J

CornwallAce
06-21-2012, 08:03 PM
AIC has the power! =]

steakbomb
06-21-2012, 09:03 PM
Congrats To UCONN. Looking forward To it

jjmc85
06-22-2012, 12:39 AM
I'm torn on this.

On the one hand, UConn is a joke of a program and doesn't deserve this.

On the other hand, whereas most College Sports Conferences are throwing geography out the window, Hockey East (outside of Notre Dame) isn't. Someone on the nWCHA thread made a joke about "tucking in eastern players and giving them a teddy bear on long, two hour bus rides," but I really like that and think it's the way it should be. The more I look at it, the more I wish that Hockey East was an all-sports conference. Of course, that would require almost half the league add football, but still.

In summary-short term sucks...long term has potential to be good.

Lazyking
06-22-2012, 06:07 AM
This move wasn't made for the short term.

Jim
06-22-2012, 09:06 AM
This move wasn't made for the short term.Bingo! UCONN is already developing plans to upgrade and expand its arena. The XL plan is only for a year or two until that is complete, although they will likely always play a few games in Hartford each season. Also according to the HEA commissioner they want to create a tournament in hartford for UCONN, Yale, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. Maybe it repalces the current UCONN tournament during the holidays.

Nazbob RPI fan
06-22-2012, 09:07 AM
It creates an open slot in Atlantic Hockey that could be filled by Alabama-Huntsville.

Also: This pretty much dashes Harvard's hopes of joining HE.:rolleyes:

RSTuthill
06-22-2012, 09:14 AM
I think the timing is appropriate. UConn will have a couple of years in the AHA adding scholarships and getting up to speed before they transition to HE rather than going a year earlier. I would hope to see some substantial progress up the AHA standings over the next two years that reflects the new resources being applied. If not, I will start to get worried.

Someone mentioned the easily stimulated animosity between BC and UConn fans. In hockey, that is just not the case. I know of no UConn hockey fan who does not hold BC in awe in men's hockey. For me personally, Jerry York was a highly successful coach at Clarkson before he ended up at BC. Nothing but respect from us Golden Knights.

That said ... football and basketball are a different story.

RSTuthill
06-22-2012, 04:04 PM
And the schedule does not look too bad. Starting to get a bit more challenging.

http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-hockey/sched/conn-m-hockey-sched.html

MarkEagleUSA
06-22-2012, 04:34 PM
Also according to the HEA commissioner they want to create a tournament in hartford for UCONN, Yale, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. I hope the commish isn't taking credit for that because a "Nutmeg Cup" has been discussed in the past. The problem is Yale due to their shortened schedule not allowing as many OC games. Also, I don't think anyone really wants a Connecticut version of the Beanpot.

Onion Man
06-22-2012, 05:21 PM
Still can't believe a conference as good as Hockey East would take a bottom of the barrel program like UConn with so many better options available. UVM was a legitimate program prior to going there and they are a bottom feeder now. Complete headscratcher.

theprofromdover
06-23-2012, 08:14 AM
There goes the neighborhood.

RSTuthill
06-23-2012, 08:42 AM
Still can't believe a conference as good as Hockey East would take a bottom of the barrel program like UConn with so many better options available. UVM was a legitimate program prior to going there and they are a bottom feeder now. Complete headscratcher.
Ask UML how bad UConn was without scholarships last year. Then project forward two years to when they will have 18. I would not scratch your head too hard. And besides, as the man said, this was not done for the short term.

Matt75
06-23-2012, 12:11 PM
:cool:If Uconn gets someone like Jim Calhoun to run the hockey program like Calhoun has run the basketball program, Uconn will compete for the Hockey East championship with in five years.

I hope they play all the Hockey East games in Hartford even after they upgade the on campus rink. The collage hockey fan base is in Hartford,New Haven and Fairfield counties, not Storrs.

TonyTheTiger20
06-23-2012, 04:43 PM
I hope they play all the Hockey East games in Hartford even after they upgade the on campus rink. The collage hockey fan base is in Hartford,New Haven and Fairfield counties, not Storrs.College hockey is nothing without student support and the atmosphere the students create. And they will have *no* student support if UConn (a school of drunken idiots if there ever was one) makes their students take a bus to Hartford during prime party hours of Friday and Saturday nights.

LTsatch
06-23-2012, 06:16 PM
College hockey is nothing without student support and the atmosphere the students create. And they will have *no* student support if UConn (a school of drunken idiots if there ever was one) makes their students take a bus to Hartford during prime party hours of Friday and Saturday nights.

Quite a broad brush there my friend, painting the entire student population like that. I am sure BC has it's share of drunks , they are just in the myriad of bars they can sneak into. They have actually done a good job of cracking down on the spring weekend mess. I am looking forward to another improved program in our State and hope to see some local kids on the team in the future. As far as the tourney between CT schools is concerned, it seems like a longshot.

Onion Man
06-24-2012, 08:29 AM
Ask UML how bad UConn was without scholarships last year. Then project forward two years to when they will have 18. I would not scratch your head too hard. And besides, as the man said, this was not done for the short term.

Ok, even with the long term. Ohio State has been in the CCHA (and has a helluva better name, tradition in sports than UConn) and they are barely a blip on the radar. UConn to Hockey East is a disaster (short and long term). They should have come to the ECAC where they could have had some sort of reasonable success.

kingdobbs
06-24-2012, 12:14 PM
Ok, even with the long term. Ohio State has been in the CCHA (and has a helluva better name, tradition in sports than UConn) and they are barely a blip on the radar. UConn to Hockey East is a disaster (short and long term). They should have come to the ECAC where they could have had some sort of reasonable success.

Sometimes it's not about "what will give the team the best shot for success?", it's about the institutions a team wants to be associated with.

Since you brought them up, Ohio State didn't leave the CCHA for the Big Ten because they think they'll be better at hockey as a result, but because the other Big Ten teams are teams which Ohio State is associated with both athletically and academically in other realms. Ohio State has more in common with, say, Minnesota or Wisconsin, than they do with Bowling Green or Miami. Ohio State hockey would have actually been better off, in terms of their long-term success, by not aligning with the Big Ten; the fact that they didn't suggests that "realistic chance of success" wasn't the only reason they made the move.

Consider UConn and Hockey East in the same light.