PDA

View Full Version : New WCHA is dead



Pages : 1 [2] 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51

thebrain
06-28-2019, 06:10 PM
The WCHA is dead.

I think 2021 is around the same time the University of St. Thomas will be forced out of the MIAC... 🤔

If the Alaska schools canít afford their current rinks, they wonít be doing any renovations to their on-campus arenas any time soon.

Huntsville drawing 20 percent of their arenaís capacity isnít sustainable.

Itís about time this happened.

Jimjamesak
06-28-2019, 06:17 PM
Adam Wodon sums it up nicely:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My other thought is -- nice Friday afternoon news dump before a holiday while everyone is watching soccer. Ridiculous maneuver there. I can see how this is gonna be. <a href="https://t.co/w9ZE5mDNcT">https://t.co/w9ZE5mDNcT</a></p>&mdash; Adam Wodon (@CHN_AdamWodon) <a href="https://twitter.com/CHN_AdamWodon/status/1144714315863379969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 28, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

davyd83
06-28-2019, 06:21 PM
Interested to see if the Alaska teams, ASU, UAH form a new conference of their own with a couple of western schools to make the jump.

There is ZERO chance that ASU teams up with the financially strapped Alaska schools.

Squarebanks
06-28-2019, 06:24 PM
Iíd be supportive of UAF announcing its withdrawal from the WCHA on Monday, effective immediately. We can use the money we save from not having to pay for the other ungrateful seven to travel to AK to pay the withdrawal penalty.

Enjoy your bus league, and try not to run over anybody else with that bus. ✌️

Jimjamesak
06-28-2019, 06:27 PM
Iíd be supportive of UAF announcing its withdrawal from the WCHA on Monday, effective immediately. We can use the money we save from not having to pay for the other ungrateful seven to travel to AK to pay the withdrawal penalty.

Enjoy your bus league, and try not to run over anybody else with that bus. ✌️
For once I actually agree with a UAF fan.

jnacc
06-28-2019, 06:29 PM
The sad reality is that many of these programs wanting to leave are in financial tight jackets themselves. They simply can no longer afford being in a conference with the two Alaska schools and UAH

BSUBeavs
06-28-2019, 06:38 PM
Iíd say this is a billboard to Arizona State, you are welcome to join us.I think the billboard may be for St. Thomas rather than Arizona St. Almost guarantee St. Thomas is in. The timeline matches up well, they have the ability to become a successful program pretty quickly

bravohankins
06-28-2019, 06:39 PM
I know that BG has about zero interest in continuing with the Alaska trips......not just the financial aspect but also what those trips do to the the team the week after. Bergeron talked numerous times about the after effects of Alaska trips and how they really mess you up for two weeks of play fatigue wise.

College hockey just doesn't work in Alaska...there are no schools close enough to make it feasible and they seem to be on a shoestring budget every single year as well. The on campus 700 person rink move was probably the nail in the coffin for AA.

Speaking of Bergeron.....it wil be interesting to see what this move does to Miami. Beregeron is an old CCHA guy and he might want to be in a league with less travel and BG as a rival again. Not mention easier to rebuild a program in a league were you don't play UMD, UND and Denver 12+ times a year.......

aparch
06-28-2019, 06:56 PM
Ho. Ly. Sh*t. :eek:

Wow.

I don't really have the words right now.

Suze
06-28-2019, 07:12 PM
The sad reality is that many of these programs wanting to leave are in financial tight jackets themselves. They simply can no longer afford being in a conference with the two Alaska schools and UAH

The Alaska schools pay much of the airfare and hotel costs (at least UAA does).

davyd83
06-28-2019, 07:19 PM
I know that BG has about zero interest in continuing with the Alaska trips......not just the financial aspect but also what those trips do to the the team the week after. Bergeron talked numerous times about the after effects of Alaska trips and how they really mess you up for two weeks of play fatigue wise.

College hockey just doesn't work in Alaska...there are no schools close enough to make it feasible and they seem to be on a shoestring budget every single year as well. The on campus 700 person rink move was probably the nail in the coffin for AA.

Speaking of Bergeron.....it wil be interesting to see what this move does to Miami. Beregeron is an old CCHA guy and he might want to be in a league with less travel and BG as a rival again. Not mention easier to rebuild a program in a league were you don't play UMD, UND and Denver 12+ times a year.......

Itís very expensive to buy out of the NCHC.

davyd83
06-28-2019, 07:25 PM
I think the billboard may be for St. Thomas rather than Arizona St. Almost guarantee St. Thomas is in. The timeline matches up well, they have the ability to become a successful program pretty quickly

Unless St Thomas moves itís entire athletic program up, they canít play D-1 hockey.

Squarebanks
06-28-2019, 07:26 PM
The Alaska schools pay much of the airfare and hotel costs (at least UAA does).

Want to know something funny? This doesnít happen in any other sport that UAF or UAA (and presumably UAH) participate in.

FadeToBlack&Gold
06-28-2019, 07:26 PM
Everyone knew this day was coming, it was quite obvious when the rumors were floating around 4-5 years ago. A bit surprised to see UAH left out, and I can't help but wonder if they get invited back in if they can demonstrate a commitment to a proper on-campus arena within 2-4 years and increased program funding.

This also opens the door for any school within the geographic footprint, particularly the AHA teams that had expressed interest in playing without the scholarship limits imposed by that conference. Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, for example, and Mercyhurst in Erie.

Squarebanks
06-28-2019, 07:29 PM
They donít pay as much as you think. Even after the subsidies, it still costs far more to go to Anchorage and Fairbanks than to any other school but Huntsville.

Just ****ing stop.

davyd83
06-28-2019, 07:35 PM
Everyone knew this day was coming, it was quite obvious when the rumors were floating around 4-5 years ago. A bit surprised to see UAH left out, and I can't help but wonder if they get invited back in if they can demonstrate a commitment to a proper on-campus arena within 2-4 years and increased program funding.

This also opens the door for any school within the geographic footprint, particularly the AHA teams that had expressed interest in playing without the scholarship limits imposed by that conference. Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, for example, and Mercyhurst in Erie.
I think Huntsville may have a chance if they get arena & funding commitments. Iím not so sure the Minnesota schools and Upper Michigan schools want to replace partially funded trips to Fairbanks and Anchorage with unpaid flights to Pittsburgh and Erie. I think right now, the official elephant in the room is in the Valley of the Sun.

Jimjamesak
06-28-2019, 07:37 PM
Want to know something funny? This doesnít happen in any other sport that UAF or UAA (and presumably UAH) participate in.
Yup, GNAC also has the additional hurdle of having a Canadian school as well.

davyd83
06-28-2019, 07:45 PM
Just ****ing stop.

I apologize. I certainly understand your frustration right now. I wish that the circumstances were different. Iím certainly looking forward to the trip up there this year.

CornwallAce
06-28-2019, 07:46 PM
I know this is total pie in the sky, but what about the Alaska schools joining the BCIHL. Eastern Washington was in the league 2011-2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_Intercollegiate_Hockey_League

Jimjamesak
06-28-2019, 07:51 PM
I apologize. I certainly understand your frustration right now. I wish that the circumstances were different. Iím certainly looking forward to the trip up there this year.
Yeah, might as well make that trip. Youíre not gonna get any other opportunities to do it.