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nodak651
10-23-2013, 08:13 AM
Is it just a matter of time before this happens? Will it ever happen?

Western Michigan
Bowling Green
Miami
UMass

Buffalo?
NIU?

Would they be forced to play hockey in the MAC if there were six teams that had hockey, like the Big Ten? Or could/would they play in separate conferences?

Freddie
10-23-2013, 08:58 AM
MAC doesn't have the stature or the balls to even attempt to "force" this issue, even IF (and it's a BIG 'IF') two more of their current members jumped in to the D1 mix.

MUhawks628
10-23-2013, 09:03 AM
I dream of one day watching the Mid American Conference Hockey Conference. It will be glorious.

alfablue
10-23-2013, 09:05 AM
More importanly, UMass-Lowell is NOT the same UMass that is in the MAC.

So there are only 3 MAC teams that play hockey. They need 3 more to make a conference.

It's far more likely that the GLIAC would form a conference, since 4 of those teams play hockey, and one of them used to. And a GLIAC hockey conference would be pretty historic, since there are 7 national championships to 1 in the MAC.

and we know that's not going to happen any time soon.

SweeneyHawksHockey
10-23-2013, 09:19 AM
More importanly, UMass-Lowell is NOT the same UMass that is in the MAC.

So there are only 3 MAC teams that play hockey. They need 3 more to make a conference.

It's far more likely that the GLIAC would form a conference, since 4 of those teams play hockey, and one of them used to. And a GLIAC hockey conference would be pretty historic, since there are 7 national championships to 1 in the MAC.

and we know that's not going to happen any time soon.

Where does OP mention Lowell? UMASS-Amherst aka the Minutemen of Hockey East are in the MAC as an affiliate member for football. On the other hand, their official NCAA affiliation is with Atlantic-10 so you are kind of right in that they aren't a full MAC member.

Nick Papagiorgio
10-23-2013, 10:00 AM
So many possibilities for some HE or future HE teams.

Umass is in the MAC for football... and everyone has wanted them out of Hockey East forever. So this is as logical as it comes. BUT, what happens when UMass drops their football program (as they should)?

Uconn is essentially in the MAC starting next year for football (AAC will be on par with MAC football after the departures). They could move to the MAC for football and start up a hockey conference with the 6 minimum with these two New England schools. Then their hockey team might actually win more than 10 games a season in a conference like this.

alfablue
10-23-2013, 10:02 AM
Where does OP mention Lowell? UMASS-Amherst aka the Minutemen of Hockey East are in the MAC as an affiliate member for football. On the other hand, their official NCAA affiliation is with Atlantic-10 so you are kind of right in that they aren't a full MAC member.

oops, I forgot that ther is both UMass and UMass lowell playing hockey. Sorry about the mistake.

BGFan
10-23-2013, 10:13 AM
FWIW, Ohio and Kent have both had D1 hockey teams in the past and both were in the CCHA. It is more likely that the CCHA would reform in some manner if more area schools added hockey as opposed to the MAC adding hockey as a sport. LSSU, NMU, WMU, Ferris, BG, Miami, Ohio, Kent would be a good start.

jrobes01
10-23-2013, 10:20 AM
oops, I forgot that ther is both UMass and UMass lowell playing hockey. Sorry about the mistake.

Lowell plays hockey. I don't know what Amherst does out there.

Patman
10-23-2013, 10:26 AM
Lowell plays hockey. I don't know what Amherst does out there.

Burn things mostly.

Nick Papagiorgio
10-23-2013, 10:38 AM
oops, I forgot that ther is both UMass and UMass lowell playing hockey. Sorry about the mistake.

It's an understandable mistake given their amazing history as D1 hockey programs.

MUhawks628
10-23-2013, 11:03 AM
LSSU, NMU, WMU, Ferris, BG, Miami, Ohio, Kent would be a good start.

The best of starts.

#MACtionOnIce

RaceBoarder
10-23-2013, 05:50 PM
NIU is surrounded by cornfields... So lots of room to build a rink... Let's fire up that rumor train....

schiegs
10-23-2013, 06:54 PM
Ball State Cardinals Hockey!!! Coming at ya!!!

MUhawks628
10-23-2013, 07:07 PM
Can't wait to see the 2022 MAC East Division Champions banner ascend to the rafters of Goggin.

Sure to be a transcendent experience.

BUPhD
10-23-2013, 07:45 PM
Ball State Cardinals Hockey!!! Coming at ya!!!

Fight team fight for Ball State,
We must win this game!
Onward now you Cardinals,
Bring glory to your name!

Or after enough beers...

Ball State! Ball State! Baaall State,
Ball State, Ball State, Ball!
Ball State Ball State Ball State Ball
Baaall State, Ball State, Ball!

(Wonders if students still do that during the school song...)