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Go Irish
05-17-2014, 03:25 PM
With Connecticut joining Hockey East, who is going to replace them in the Atlantic Conference?

ExileOnDaytonStreet
05-17-2014, 03:50 PM
With Connecticut joining Hockey East, who is going to replace them in the Atlantic Conference?

No one.

BUPhD
05-17-2014, 04:22 PM
We could probably send you UMass. But that'd be cruel...



...to the Atlantic Conference.

ritBLKnORGsuit
05-17-2014, 05:34 PM
Most of us hope for Navy but nothing will happen for the next couple years for the AHA.

Pink Pony
05-17-2014, 09:18 PM
I would hope for Iowa State when they decide to jump from Club hockey to D1.

HumRsky
05-18-2014, 09:03 AM
I would hope for Iowa State when they decide to jump from Club hockey to D1.

I'm guessing that if Iowa State ever decides to become varsity, they would be looking to join the NCHC or, perhaps, as an associate member of the B1G for hockey only, like Johns Hopkins in Lacrosse.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
05-18-2014, 08:57 PM
I'm guessing that if Iowa State ever decides to become varsity, they would be looking to join the NCHC or, perhaps, as an associate member of the B1G for hockey only, like Johns Hopkins in Lacrosse.

How either of those are more likely than the WCHA is beyond me.

HumRsky
05-19-2014, 08:39 AM
How either of those are more likely than the WCHA is beyond me.

Well yeah, them too. You're right that that would probably be the most likely landing place. I really don't think they'd be interested in Atlantic Hockey if they chose to make the effort to start a varsity program.

Split-N
05-19-2014, 09:27 AM
Well yeah, them too. You're right that that would probably be the most likely landing place. I really don't think they'd be interested in Atlantic Hockey if they chose to make the effort to start a varsity program.

And on the other hand, I don't believe the Atlantic would be interested in bringing in a large state school for the simple reason that the member schools are not especially deep-pocketed and (wisely) choose to limit the levels of resources directed to hockey (and all other sports, for that matter). UConn was an exception because it chose to fund its hockey program at generally the same levels as the other member schools. Bottom line is that adding a big-time (in the athletics resource sense) state school just isn't going to happen.

davyd83
05-19-2014, 10:49 AM
The point is moot. Iowa State has no plans for NCAA hockey.

mookie1995
05-19-2014, 11:33 AM
Mookie is not sure why bc doesn't field a jv team and put them in AHA.
Then they'd get 2x the chances to win a national title.

Split-N
05-19-2014, 01:46 PM
The AHA and the WCHA should have an interlocking schedule. The WCHA has hard time scheduling NC games.

Totally agree. But see previous comments about limited resources available to AH member schools. And AFAIK, same can be said for at least some of the new WCHA members. Unless Warren Buffet or someone of that ilk wants to underwrite the cross-country travel costs, it's not going to happen.

ScottK
05-19-2014, 02:11 PM
Do you have proof?

Do you have proof that they do?

Jim
05-19-2014, 02:45 PM
In the past the names have been: Navy who just built a new rink, and would be a natural for rivalries with Air Force and Army.
St Anslems: New facility, D2 so they are limited on where they can go, share a conference with Bentley, AIC, for other sports, would be a natural fit to th eEastern pod.
Rhode island: Only New England university without a varsity program, on-campus rink, "hockey area" another natural fit into the eastern pod.
Stonehill: See St A's but no on-campus rink. I think it will be a year or two down the road but my guess is St Anslems will ultimately make the move. The BC JVs are another possibility, I suppose.

schiegs
05-19-2014, 03:03 PM
In the past the names have been: Navy who just built a new rink, and would be a natural for rivalries with Air Force and Army.
St Anslems: New facility, D2 so they are limited on where they can go, share a conference with Bentley, AIC, for other sports, would be a natural fit to th eEastern pod.
Rhode island: Only New England university without a varsity program, on-campus rink, "hockey area" another natural fit into the eastern pod.
Stonehill: See St A's but no on-campus rink. I think it will be a year or two down the road but my guess is St Anslems will ultimately make the move. The BC JVs are another possibility, I suppose.

Both URI and St. A's were already approached, and both gave public "no thank you"s. Navy effectively did the same 3-4 years back.

Pink Pony
05-19-2014, 05:44 PM
Bowling Green could join the AHA if they wanted to be closer to the opponents.

BGSU has a rigorous schedule in the WCHA as Alaska, Minnesota, and UP teams aren't to close to Ohio.

Snively65
05-21-2014, 03:22 AM
Bowling Green could join the AHA if they wanted to be closer to the opponents.

BGSU has a rigorous schedule in the WCHA as Alaska, Minnesota, and UP teams aren't to close to Ohio.

Don't be so ridiculous.

Pink Pony
05-21-2014, 06:35 AM
Don't be so ridiculous.

Some teams in the present AHA might want to offer more scholies.

Four teams in the past have considered joining BGSU.

BGSU still owns the rights to the CCHA.

Jim
05-21-2014, 09:45 AM
Some teams in the present AHA might want to offer more scholies.

Four teams in the past have considered joining BGSU.

BGSU still owns the rights to the CCHA.Mercyhurst and Niagara might but its doubtful. You'd be hard pressed to find 2 more. And after their experience with the CHA, I think everyone would be pretty careful about joining another small conference just to add a few scholarships. It isn't like they don't have a chance to go to the Tournament by winning the AHA, something for all their whining, Niagara can't seem to do.

Freddie
05-21-2014, 09:53 AM
BG will join AH when pigs fly and Pink Pony wins a Nobel Prize.