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Buckeye22
02-04-2016, 05:38 PM
I posted this on another hockey Forum and didn't get any response. Thought I might have more luck here.

Over the last year and a half or so, two schools, Post University and Western Connecticut State University both announced they would be starting varsity men's (and women's in Post's case) hockey programs and joining the ranks of the NCAA. Post University, as a DII school, announced that it would become the 7th member of the DII Northeast-10 Conference. WCSU, as a DIII school, announced it would be joining the MASCAC. Both of these programs were supposed to start play during the 2015-16 season. Problem is, since making these announcements, pretty much nothing more has been heard from either school. Neither school is playing in the NCAA (according to both USCHO.com and the NCAA website) and neither school has joined either of the aforementioned conferences. The thing is, according to the ACHA website, neither school is a member of the ACHA either. At least one of them does have some sort of team this year. Post University lists hockey amongst their other varsity sports on their official school athletics website. They are playing a short schedule which includes a mixture of ACHA teams from various divisions and at least 2 NCAA DIII teams. I haven't been able to find any info about WCSU's team and can't even confirm that they have one in any form. So my questions are 1.) What is the status of these two programs? Are they still planning on joining the NCAA, or have those plans been put on hold? And 2.) What competition (if any) are they playing in now? Are they true independent programs, operating outside of any governing body? If so that would make them pretty unique in the world of college hockey.

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

joecct
02-04-2016, 05:52 PM
Post is signing recruits, so take that as a positive sign.

WCSU made the mistake, IMO, of deciding to swim the Hell Gate without fully investigating the waters. When they saw how much it was going to run, they got into the rescue boat.

Buckeye22
02-04-2016, 09:41 PM
So did WCSU make any sort of official announcement that they were backing off, or are they just hoping no one would notice? And as for Post, it is encouraging that they appear to be at least trying to move forward. It is unusual that, unless anybody knows otherwise, they appear to be a truly independent college hockey program; operating outside both the NCAA and the ACHA. I just find it odd that they would announce they're going varsity and actually announce they're joining a conference, without the conference saying anything. As far as I can tell the Northeast-10 never made any such announcement.

jcase
02-04-2016, 10:54 PM
So did WCSU make any sort of official announcement that they were backing off, or are they just hoping no one would notice? <snip>

Official announcement here (http://www.wcsuathletics.com/sports/fball/2014-15/releases/20150101ghy7gc)

Buckeye22
02-04-2016, 10:59 PM
Official announcement here (http://www.wcsuathletics.com/sports/fball/2014-15/releases/20150101ghy7gc)

Okay thanks. That explains that. Still, Post seems to be an unusual case.