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4four4
06-22-2017, 12:44 PM
https://twitter.com/TravisSBN/status/877916599470006273

U of Illinois AD and the NHL will have a joint press conference Friday June 23rd supporting college hockey.

kdiff77
06-22-2017, 01:19 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like they're not adding a team at this time. Maybe soon, though?

https://twitter.com/MikeMcMahonCHN/status/877931444802207745

joecct
06-22-2017, 02:35 PM
Looks like an announcement of the annual Blackhawk outdoor game.

Northbynorthwest
06-22-2017, 03:09 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like they're not adding a team at this time. Maybe soon, though?
https://twitter.com/MikeMcMahonCHN/status/877931444802207745

Football is bad, bball is mediocre at best, and you expect the AD to start up a hockey program?

Split-N
06-22-2017, 03:20 PM
https://twitter.com/TravisSBN/status/877916599470006273

U of Illinois AD and the NHL will have a joint press conference Friday June 23rd supporting college hockey.

If you think you're going to get an announcement about Illinois and/or Northwestern joining the B1G, don't hold your breath. Startup costs and Title IX still loom as formidable obstacles, and not necessarily in that order. (Home I'm wrong.)

SunDevil Hockey
06-22-2017, 08:01 PM
If you think you're going to get an announcement about Illinois and/or Northwestern joining the B1G, don't hold your breath. Startup costs and Title IX still loom as formidable obstacles, and not necessarily in that order. (Home I'm wrong.)

Best chance is Iowa if they get the endowment money for a Mens and Womens program. They have the facility hurdle box checked as the new $73 Million Coralville Arena will be built right by campus:

https://www.google.com/search?q=coralville+arena&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQz_bi09LUAhVW8mMKHY4mCeoQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1366&bih=612#imgrc=cXxtFig7hECxEM:

Next would be Nebraska since the have the Breslow Ice Arena and Pinnicle Bank Arena having an ice floor.
https://www.google.com/search?q=nebraska+basketball+arena+ice&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwisiLfH1tLUAhVW5mMKHfv5B3QQ_AUIBigB&biw=1366&bih=612#tbm=isch&q=pinnacle+banke+arena+ice&imgrc=dQ05NgYlU30YYM:

Illinois has no barn or endowment money.

Draighlicht
06-22-2017, 08:39 PM
from the USHL site today....


Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL, joined senior leadership from USA Hockey and the United States Hockey League in announcing a long-term agreement that will provide financial support and other resources in furthering development of players, coaches and officials participating in the nation’s top level of junior hockey – a primary springboard to NCAA Division I and professional ice hockey. The agreement establishes cooperation in the following areas: both on-ice and off-ice player development, coaching, officiating, playing rule development, and cross-promotion, in addition to marketing, communications and community engagement.

“We depend on amateur hockey organizations all over the world to develop the players, coaches and officials that aspire to matriculate to the NHL,” said Daly. “The USHL has consistently demonstrated an ability to produce outstanding talent. Going forward, it is our continued intent to focus resources on the USHL’s developmental efforts.”

Have to think that tomorrow's announcement will be along similar lines but don't know why Illinois would be involved unless the NHL is going to channel some funds to the ACHA as well.

aparch
06-22-2017, 11:23 PM
from the USHL site today....



Have to think that tomorrow's announcement will be along similar lines but don't know why Illinois would be involved unless the NHL is going to channel some funds to the ACHA as well.

Chicago Steel just won the Clark Cup. And with the NHL Draft at the United Center...

Draighlicht
06-23-2017, 05:34 AM
Chicago Steel just won the Clark Cup. And with the NHL Draft at the United Center...

should have added a couple more words - University of Illinois. I understand why Illinois as a state is involved, but don't understand why the University of Illinois is involved

Split-N
06-23-2017, 08:26 AM
...don't know why Illinois would be involved unless the NHL is going to channel some funds to the ACHA as well.

The NHL becoming involved with the ACHA would make no sense. It's a nice organization that gives thousands of college kids a chance to play but it has zero player development potential.

WiscTJK
06-23-2017, 08:49 AM
and the state of Illinois is basically broke/bankrupt, so there is no hope of state help.....

beaverhockeyfan
06-23-2017, 09:36 AM
Looks like an announcement of the annual Blackhawk outdoor game.

Outdoor game to be played at Memorial Stadium?

pdt1081
06-23-2017, 10:19 AM
Pegula involved as well.

http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/22/sabres-pegula-join-bettman-blackhawks-ceo-college-hockey-announcement/

Deman
06-23-2017, 12:32 PM
Pegula involved as well.

http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/22/sabres-pegula-join-bettman-blackhawks-ceo-college-hockey-announcement/

I wonder if he would match a certain dollar amount to entice UoI alums to help fund a D1 program, so the B1G can get back to an even number of teams?

Though that's a bit of a stretch, I can also see it being something like "Look what we did at Penn State. You can be successful here."

The more I think about who is involved, the more confused I get.

BGDrew
06-23-2017, 02:00 PM
CHN is reporting the NHL is paying for five schools to have feasibility studies done to start Division 1 programs. Illinois is one of those schools.

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2017/06/23_NHL-Hopes-to-Help-Bring-More.php

giwan
06-23-2017, 02:28 PM
CHN is reporting the NHL is paying for five schools to have feasibility studies done to start Division 1 programs. Illinois is one of those schools.
http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2017/06/23_NHL-Hopes-to-Help-Bring-More.php

Odd they did not mention the other universities. Funny the claim of a good club team means anything.

Split-N
06-23-2017, 02:41 PM
CHN is reporting the NHL is paying for five schools to have feasibility studies done to start Division 1 programs....

So just what is/are the unknown(s) that apparently must be studied in great detail, beyond how to come up with enough $$$$ to endow a program, build a venue, and buy your way out of Title IX?

turk181
06-23-2017, 05:26 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Illini?src=hash">#Illini</a> will partner with the <a href="https://twitter.com/NHL">@NHL</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLPA">@NHLPA</a> to evaluate the possible addition of hockey as a varsity sport. <a href="https://t.co/S6vNnPO9r8">https://t.co/S6vNnPO9r8</a></p>&mdash; Illini Athletics (@IlliniAthletics) <a href="https://twitter.com/IlliniAthletics/status/878358505018859520">June 23, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

iowabasedtraveler
06-23-2017, 05:48 PM
Anybody remember the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) Flames?
I went often when I lived in Milwaukee.
It would be great if the University of Illinois
was in a position to have a D1 team.

UMICH
06-23-2017, 07:11 PM
Football is bad, bball is mediocre at best, and you expect the AD to start up a hockey program?

Less competition in hockey. Maybe?