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JW Tigers
10-11-2009, 06:10 PM
I found it odd that NU played a 2-game set at CC and UVM played a 2-game set at DU. I don't know when these series were scheduled or if this has already been discussed, but it seems like it would've been better for everyone for NU and UVM to both visit CC one night and DU the other.
That would have been great for all four schools, IMO. A few years back, BU and UMass traveled to play CC and DU, then the following season CC and DU traveled east to play the same two. I love those kinds of arrangements.

Puck Swami
10-11-2009, 07:43 PM
A few years back, BU and UMass traveled to play CC and DU, then the following season CC and DU traveled east to play the same two. I love those kinds of arrangements.


1) I would also love to see DU and CC resume that reciprocal east coast swing arrangement as well

2) I also would like to see DU replace the Denver Cup with a permanent holiday tourney at the Pepsi Center where DU and CC would each play two games against other teams in a showcase format.

CCtig
10-11-2009, 07:43 PM
I sent an email to CC Athletic Director Ken Ralph awhile back regarding a couple of things. I got a great response from him, but the one thing he did not answer was whether CC will be out in Boston next year to play NU. Lee, if you get a chance to talk to ask Coach Owens about it, let me/us know what he says. I do know that CC's opponents are set through the 2011-12 season (as are many other schools), but I wonder if there is a rule about how far in advance they can disclose that info.

Will do Jeremy.

JW Tigers
10-11-2009, 10:20 PM
2) I also would like to see DU replace the Denver Cup with a permanent holiday tourney at the Pepsi Center where DU and CC would each play two games against other teams in a showcase format.
I couldn't agree more, Swami. These two programs are a good draw and I think a college hockey showcase at the Pepsi Center would be very well attended. For example, I'd love to have two HEA teams against our two WCHA teams.

slurpees
10-11-2009, 10:28 PM
I couldn't agree more, Swami. These two programs are a good draw and I think a college hockey showcase at the Pepsi Center would be very well attended. For example, I'd love to have two HEA teams against our two WCHA teams.

a great idea.

walrus655321
10-12-2009, 11:03 AM
true, it'd also be rare that a non-crap hockey east team would play 2 out west and not get return games. iirc nu played two at nodak a while back and got two consecutive return games. thats what we did with michigan.

North Dakota played BC one night (and the game was fogged out) then came to Matthews the next. I remember that series well, as the NU/NoDak game was the same night as game 6 of the ALCS and the only thing we had to cheer about at Matthews was the announcement of the $14 Million Grand Slam.

Puck Swami
10-12-2009, 12:58 PM
I couldn't agree more, Swami. These two programs are a good draw and I think a college hockey showcase at the Pepsi Center would be very well attended. For example, I'd love to have two HEA teams against our two WCHA teams.

I guess it comes down to revenue. Right now, the Denver Cup is a two night sellout, and DU gets to keep all tourney revenue (gate, parking, concession, etc.) after they pay their expenses (staff, guarantees, travel, etc.)

The opportunity to get a crowd of 12,000 -18,000 vs 6,000 per night is compelling, but then you have the Pepsi Center rental fee (hefty) and auxillary revneues would go to Kroenke Sports, instead getting to keep it at DU, so I wonder if DU would come out ahead or not vs hosting the games on campus. If the revenue cost/benefit were even close, the publicity and coverage value of a larger crowd and venue would be worth it. Certainly, in the mid 90s when the Denver Cup was at McNichols, DU and CC drew 16K when they played each other, and DU drew 12K against schools like Maine and Yale. Both DU and CC have gone on to more success since that time, and I know with the right opponents, 16-18K would be very possible....Amazingly enough, DU basketball has played at the Pepsi Center, but DU Hockey never has....