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JohnsonsJerseys
09-26-2016, 02:33 PM
http://www.uscho.com/2016/09/21/simon-fraser-minot-state-making-cases-to-join-division-i-lineup/

Quite honestly I give SFU a way better chance of making this happen than any current US club team. Talking about adding NCAA D-I hockey in Canada would be like your US based school talking about adding a D-I football or basketball program. Canada has the culture to support this move which makes most aspects of the addition way easier than trying to fund a new fringe sport (which is sadly what hockey is) at a US institution of higher learning.

Ryan J

FlagDUDE08
09-26-2016, 02:42 PM
http://www.uscho.com/2016/09/21/simon-fraser-minot-state-making-cases-to-join-division-i-lineup/

Quite honestly I give SFU a way better chance of making this happen than any current US club team. Talking about adding NCAA D-I hockey in Canada would be like your US based school talking about adding a D-I football or basketball program. Canada has the culture to support this move which makes most aspects of the addition way easier than trying to fund a new fringe sport (which is sadly what hockey is) at a US institution of higher learning.

Ryan J

Not sure about that, given how situated Major Junior is in Canada, combined with the associated eligibility requirements. It would still be a "fringe sport"; major junior would squash the NCAA cockroach easily.

joecct
09-26-2016, 03:19 PM
They can't go D-I. They can go D-II and then petition to play for the D-I title. However they would be D-II in all sports.

Nick Papagiorgio
09-26-2016, 03:21 PM
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Squarebanks
09-26-2016, 03:57 PM
They can't go D-I. They can go D-II and then petition to play for the D-I title. However they would be D-II in all sports.

They already are DII in other sports. They are a full member of the GNAC, which includes UAF and UAA.

This could be a coup for the WCHA if it ever comes to fruition (and the WCHA still exists after the next realignment wave). Assuming SFU went to the WCHA, it gets the conference into a hockey-crazy NHL city in the middle of a fertile recruiting ground. In many respects it would be better than picking up ASU.

I know, travel costs money, blah blah blah. Look at the big picture.

JohnsonsJerseys
09-26-2016, 07:34 PM
It would still be a "fringe sport"; major junior would squash the NCAA cockroach easily.
Based on the number of Canadians that currently come to the US to play NCAA hockey, I would have to disagree with this statement. Get a scholly playing D-I hockey and you get to stay home in Canada. I have to think that would appeal to a fair number of kids that take their future after hockey more seriously than their NHL prospects. Major Junior is for the kids whose "advisors" have convinced them they are the next NHL superstar if they just play more and focus less on school. The NCAA is the opposite - try to get a degree for next to nothing and maybe you can play pro hockey some day as well if you practice. For all we know, there may be US kids that want to get the heck away from Mom and Dad and would go North of the border to play D-I hockey. Sometimes kids just want to do something different even if it doesn't make any sense in the present light. See ASU Hockey...
Ryan J

joecct
09-26-2016, 08:06 PM
Based on the number of Canadians that currently come to the US to play NCAA hockey, I would have to disagree with this statement. Get a scholly playing D-I hockey and you get to stay home in Canada. I have to think that would appeal to a fair number of kids that take their future after hockey more seriously than their NHL prospects. Major Junior is for the kids whose "advisors" have convinced them they are the next NHL superstar if they just play more and focus less on school. The NCAA is the opposite - try to get a degree for next to nothing and maybe you can play pro hockey some day as well if you practice. For all we know, there may be US kids that want to get the heck away from Mom and Dad and would go North of the border to play D-I hockey. Sometimes kids just want to do something different even if it doesn't make any sense in the present light. See ASU Hockey...
Ryan J

And the cheap Canadian $$

FadeToBlack&Gold
09-26-2016, 08:26 PM
Call me when one of these schools announces they are actually starting a D1 program.

joecct
09-26-2016, 10:00 PM
Call me when one of these schools announces they are actually starting a D1 program.

317-917-6222??

JohnsonsJerseys
09-27-2016, 09:08 AM
Call me when one of these schools announces they are actually starting a D1 program.
The writing is on that wall that it's pretty much already a done deal. They are forming a new super-international hockey conference with SFU, Minot State, UNLV, Iowa State, Nebraska, Univ of Buffalo, Iowa, Moorhead State, Univ of IL, the Alaska Unified University System, San Diego State and ASU. I think there were a couple others as well but I couldn't remember all their names. Mankato had applied for membership as well, but they were turned down.

These 20+ teams will mark the largest single expansion in the history of D-I hockey. It is rumored that someone's uncle was going to fund all the teams through a new "Go Fund Our Rumor" page.
Ryan J

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Alaska Hockey
09-27-2016, 06:18 PM
They already are DII in other sports. They are a full member of the GNAC, which includes UAF and UAA.

This could be a coup for the WCHA if it ever comes to fruition (and the WCHA still exists after the next realignment wave). Assuming SFU went to the WCHA, it gets the conference into a hockey-crazy NHL city in the middle of a fertile recruiting ground. In many respects it would be better than picking up ASU.

I know, travel costs money, blah blah blah. Look at the big picture.

That won't fly due to the. ..... "bus league boy's" would find out 20% of their team couldn't get in Canada due to their criminal records.