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cplinford
03-17-2018, 11:37 AM
I love RIT hockey, and its a source of pride as a student and alumni but I'm not paying for club section season tickets for a D3 team. While there is still work to do on student attendance to games interest in the local community has definitely grown quite a bit. Anyone I know that has an interest in hockey and/or local sports teams will usually chat to me about the team with at least some passing knowledge. I can't say I ever ran into anyone that cares about Naz's D3 program.

Crosstown rivalry games against Naz would be cool though, would love to invade the Burgerplex with orange and black... :)

Downstate_RIT_Fan
03-19-2018, 11:34 AM
For those of you jonesing over the lack of RIT hockey now that their season has ended, I did something last Saturday night that I found quite enjoyable. I headed over to the ECHL web site, selected the Colorado Eagles and listened to a live broadcast of the Eagles vs the Allen Americans. Hearing Matt Garbowskyís name along with Chase Norrish was pretty cool. Chase held his own and the announcers found themselves praising the rookie defenseman especially after he delivered a crushing check sending the home crowd into a frenzy. Plus the Eagles play more than just Friday and Saturday nights. I intend to listen to them through the end of their season.

komey1
03-19-2018, 07:47 PM
I can't give away specific sources, but Spiotti literally walked out of a meeting in which Munson mentioned his interest in moving the program back to D3.


That would be a terrible mistake. He might as well kill hockey if that happens. I would seriously consider not going to as many games if they do that.

Downstate_RIT_Fan
03-19-2018, 07:55 PM
That would be a terrible mistake. He might as well kill hockey if that happens. I would seriously consider not going to as many games if they do that.

Iíd probably cancel my Army season tickets and use the extra Saturdayís to catch games from the ECAC.

TigerFan86-87
03-20-2018, 12:40 PM
That would be a terrible mistake. He might as well kill hockey if that happens. I would seriously consider not going to as many games if they do that.
And we think the arena looks empty now.
I'm pretty sure it wouldn't "kill" hockey. As you know very well (that maybe some of the younger crowd doesn't recall), RIT had a pretty well established DIII program that drew very well, relatively speaking. There may be a transition period where the fans have to either get over their grief at the loss of the bells and whistles of being a DI program or else embrace the program as-is and go back to enjoying what many of us thoroughly enjoyed for decades before the DI move. It's not the same, but it was a lot of fun....and... they would go back to having a legitimate shot at contending for national titles on occasion - something the DI team can't say.

At least tickets would be cheaper... one would hope.

All that being said, I still don't foresee that happening any time soon.
Unless of course, Dr. Munson is still bitter about and wants revenge for the time RIT went into Yost and upset his Wolverines. :D

mar7967
03-20-2018, 01:38 PM
Saw this article on Facebook about former Captain Chris Haltigan and his battles with cancer, and how playing hockey helped him: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=66069

While we may not often have players make it to the NHL, I am glad to see former players starting careers related to the fields they studied at RIT. This article mentions 3 former Tigers who studied biomedical sciences and went to med school after graduating to become doctors - Haltigan in an OB-GYN, Trevor Eckenswiller in Emergency Medicine, and Riley Clark.

Tom Naeger
03-20-2018, 05:17 PM
Personally, I don't use it as an argument, I just use it as one of those fascinating facts...

But to get to your point, people should be careful what they ask for. Let's suppose RIT goes D1 across the board. Let's suppose when they do, they actually put together a decent BB team, good enough to maybe grab an AQ in a mid-major conference. What happens then? Does the publicity of a BB team in March Madness even if they never win the first round exceed that of a hockey team which traditionally has been the sport at RIT, even a very competitive hockey team after they start giving scholarships out?

Could be. Especially with the casual local sports fan who only pays attention when March Madness rolls around. Then, suddenly, that traditional hockey team isn't so traditional anymore...

What happens if the lacrosse team starts to seriously contend for a national D1 title -- very likely in this area where great lacrosse recruits are never more than a couple of hours away? Does the potential for a national title supersede the excitement of a traditional good but not great hockey team? Again, could be.

You are not really serious are you? There are far too many good hockey programs out there in the Big Ten, Hockey East, and NCHA that just debunk that argument. Even if RIT would to get a D-I team that say like UB wins a conference title every now and then, and even finally wins an NCAA Tournament game, it's not going to kill the hockey program. That is just ridiculous...

Almost as much as talk of taking the program back to D3. That is a reckless comment, if you really did have access to such inside information you should be smart enough to know that this is not the place to post such information...

Russell Jaslow
03-20-2018, 05:37 PM
You are not really serious are you? There are far too many good hockey programs out there in the Big Ten, Hockey East, and NCHA that just debunk that argument. Even if RIT would to get a D-I team that say like UB wins a conference title every now and then, and even finally wins an NCAA Tournament game, it's not going to kill the hockey program. That is just ridiculous...

Overshadow. Not kill.

Reading comprehension my friend. It goes a long ways...

Tom Naeger
03-20-2018, 08:34 PM
Overshadow. Not kill.

Reading comprehension my friend. It goes a long ways...

Overshadow or kill I don't care what adjective you use I still think it's silly. Am I suppose to root against all other RIT sports because I don't want any other sport to be as popular or worst even more popular than hockey. That sounds beyond childish.

And Russ, RIT just finished a playoff series that saw average attendance was 1,259. That 841 below the 2,100 they had about every game at the Ritter. I mean right now it doesn't take much over a shadow to overshadow them. Think they need to be more concern about trying to grow not worry about what might happen if they do grow...

Everyone, you need to just take a break and think about something else other than hockey. There been lows for the message board, but in 19 seasons, this is by far the lowest. RIT fans on here are embarrassing themselves...

Downstate_RIT_Fan
03-20-2018, 09:46 PM
RIT fans on here are embarrassing themselves...

Bit harsh Tom. Fans are entitled to their opinions. The season ended in disappointment, just like last year. Fans have a right to speculate why after back to back championships the team has fallen flat the last two seasons. Injuries, puck luck, player talent, coaching decisions, administrative support, it all seems to be on the table to chew on. I havenít been around here a long time as I started following the Tigers during their frozen four run, Iím not an alumnus, and in that time Iíve seen the Tigers have more success than the majority of the teams in Atlantic Hockey with the exception of Air Force. Donít think anybody is embarrassing themselves, just stating their opinions. These are the same guys that plunk down their money to go to the games, or in my case, come up for the Brick City every year. Iím looking forward to next year, I think they are a little butt hurt and will be motivated to return to the BCA. I guess thatís my opinion. ;)

RIT Winters
03-21-2018, 08:28 AM
Overshadow or kill I don't care what adjective you use I still think it's silly. Am I suppose to root against all other RIT sports because I don't want any other sport to be as popular or worst even more popular than hockey. That sounds beyond childish.

And Russ, RIT just finished a playoff series that saw average attendance was 1,259. That 841 below the 2,100 they had about every game at the Ritter. I mean right now it doesn't take much over a shadow to overshadow them. Think they need to be more concern about trying to grow not worry about what might happen if they do grow...

Everyone, you need to just take a break and think about something else other than hockey. There been lows for the message board, but in 19 seasons, this is by far the lowest. RIT fans on here are embarrassing themselves...

:rolleyes: Thanks, Dad.

Russell Jaslow
03-21-2018, 10:36 AM
Overshadow or kill I don't care what adjective you use I still think it's silly. Am I suppose to root against all other RIT sports because I don't want any other sport to be as popular or worst even more popular than hockey. That sounds beyond childish.

And Russ, RIT just finished a playoff series that saw average attendance was 1,259. That 841 below the 2,100 they had about every game at the Ritter. I mean right now it doesn't take much over a shadow to overshadow them. Think they need to be more concern about trying to grow not worry about what might happen if they do grow...

Everyone, you need to just take a break and think about something else other than hockey. There been lows for the message board, but in 19 seasons, this is by far the lowest. RIT fans on here are embarrassing themselves...

I'm not saying you have to do anything. All I'm saying is to those who want the entire RIT athletic department to move up to D1, it may result in hockey no longer be the king of the campus. I'm implying Nothing more, nothing less.

TigerFan86-87
03-21-2018, 12:54 PM
I'm not saying you have to do anything. All I'm saying is to those who want the entire RIT athletic department to move up to D1, it may result in hockey no longer be the king of the campus. I'm implying Nothing more, nothing less.
Don't worry. Most of us understood exactly what you were getting at.
But then again, we're all out embarrassing ourselves, so maybe our opinions aren't worth reading... except by someone who is a regular participant in exactly that behavior year-round. Hmmm.

joecct
03-21-2018, 01:04 PM
And the GPC would become a white elephant.

If the Power 5 schools decreed that D1 championships are for D1 schools only, then the Liberty League schools would have a big decision to make.

Rochester
03-21-2018, 01:08 PM
I am still devastated that Bill Destler was succeeded by a such an underwhelming character like David Munson. That being said...with RIT hitting a wall with scholarships are they still trying aggressively to move conferences?

Ed Trefzger
03-21-2018, 03:02 PM
If the Power 5 schools decreed that D1 championships are for D1 schools only, then the Liberty League schools would have a big decision to make.

If you also include Colorado College (D-III) and the 15 schools that are D-II, you'd be down to 39 programs and eight or 10 NCAA bids.

RIT Winters
03-21-2018, 03:30 PM
I am still devastated that Bill Destler was succeeded by a such an underwhelming character like David Munson.

Yup.


That being said...with RIT hitting a wall with scholarships are they still trying aggressively to move conferences?

I'm sure the athletics department is keeping their ears to the ground and doing what they can. But again, without the support at the top I'm not sure anything substantial will happen. Once famed for the amount of support it got, the hockey program might be looking at a new era of administrative indifference.

But hey, the baseball team made the playoffs or something.

komey1
03-21-2018, 07:34 PM
Without the support from the top - I don't see much chance for improving conferences. I just hope things like the recruiting budget gets trimmed.

joecct
03-21-2018, 08:41 PM
If you also include Colorado College (D-III) and the 15 schools that are D-II, you'd be down to 39 programs and eight or 10 NCAA bids.

Well yeah. Nobody said the Power 5 were smart.

Russell Jaslow
03-22-2018, 09:07 AM
Without the support from the top - I don't see much chance for improving conferences. I just hope things like the recruiting budget gets trimmed.

Why do you want the recruiting budget to get trimmed? :confused: