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skeptic
01-29-2010, 10:21 AM
I am curious about what fellow members have for recollections of this site in the mid nineties, and or of it's actual origins. I would think some of the people involved in maintaining it could offer some valuable insight to this thread. I also believe that some of the commentators from the different conferences were involved early on .

I think I remember first commenting on this board somewhere between the 93 Maine Championship game and the 95 BU title when this site was in it's infancy. It appeared then to go through periods of stasis, and then bursts of major overhaul. I know the site was rebuilt in the early 2000's or late 90's, and I actually didnt sign back up until 2005. So, if any old timers have interesting recollections of the site, I would be interested in reading about it.

owslachief
01-29-2010, 10:36 AM
I recall this site coming online shortly after I invented the Internet.

moose97
01-29-2010, 10:48 AM
I've been using it since the 1997 season as I really didn't have the internet available before then (NMU had it in the computer lab, but not in the dorm computers, that was up to '96 for me, and I had real crappy AOL service '96-'97...) The major overhaul (or site rebuild) was in '99, hence the reason the oldest users here are "Join Dates" of July or August '99, even though some of us have been around longer (FYI, Paula Weston is the first registered user, July 20, 1999).

Flashy Man
01-29-2010, 10:51 AM
In the beginning there was Ralph.

moe24
01-29-2010, 10:52 AM
I recall this site coming online shortly after I invented the Internet.

Nice to meet you Mr. Gore. :D

Puck Swami
01-29-2010, 10:55 AM
In the earlier days of college hockey, virtually all communications (print and radio and TV) were basically local. There were college hockey newsletters from the 1960s on and later College Hockey Magazine in the late 80s, but those publications were only seen by a few thousand people each week. Scores were hard to come by and the advent of the internet and the mass market acceptance of smaller satellite TV changed everything in terms of making fans better aware of the sport beyond their local area.

Hockey L was the first national college hockey message board started in 1990, but it was not as user friendly as this site, which evolved in the mid 90s.

Hockey L archive:
http://lists.maine.edu/archives/hockey-l.html

NMU8405
01-29-2010, 10:56 AM
In the beginning there was Ralph.

Then...Boom! The Big Bang. Inflation and never ending expansion. :eek:

Billy Blanks
01-29-2010, 10:56 AM
I recall this site coming online shortly after I invented the Internet.

You Liar! AL GORE invented the internet!

Ralph Baer
01-29-2010, 10:59 AM
In the beginning there was Ralph.

Actually that isn't true. I only decided to join when the new system started. I lurked, but didn't post, before then.

Ralph Baer
01-29-2010, 11:03 AM
You Liar! AL GORE invented the internet!

Perhaps owslachief is Al Gore. ;)

Terrier520
01-29-2010, 11:05 AM
Perhaps owslachief is Al Gore. ;)

So preventing global warming is just his excuse to keep pond hockey active?

The Rube
01-29-2010, 11:08 AM
Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it.

owslachief
01-29-2010, 11:21 AM
Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it.

And now you know the inconvenient truth.

Wisko McBadgerton
01-29-2010, 11:29 AM
Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it.


Clearly Brenthoven is not Al Gore. He's two inches taller, a better dancer, and much more fun to be with.

northeastern
01-29-2010, 11:34 AM
ahh.. the early days.. see it was so easy to set up uscho.com even a..



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:)

Kepler
01-29-2010, 11:37 AM
Hockey L was the first national college hockey message board started in 1990, but it was not as user friendly as this site, which evolved in the mid 90s.

Hockey L archive:
http://lists.maine.edu/archives/hockey-l.html

hockey-l was great for its time, though. For those of us who didn't spend their entire college careers typing usenet screeds on wesley.crusher.die.die.die, it was pretty dang cool to instantly communicate n-to-n in a specialized community.

Old hat now, but cutting edge then.

jen
01-29-2010, 11:43 AM
http://web.archive.org/web/19970211233128/http://uscollegehockey.com/

ah, the days when everyone could see your email address in each post (and we all knew that Bobo is a girl ;))

I checked the site for scores starting in 94 or 95 because it was the ONLY place you could get scores on the actual night of the game... did not post until maybe 98 or 99. I had to register for the "new" board early so I could beat the other "jen"s to the username. ;)

Puck Swami
01-29-2010, 12:12 PM
In the 80s, if you wanted all the weekend scores, you'd call WMPL radio in Houghton, Michigan on Sunday morning and Mrs. Olson would read them to you.:eek:

Low tech.

Ralph Baer
01-29-2010, 12:14 PM
In the 80s, if you wanted all the weekend scores, you'd call WMPL radio in Houghton, Michigan on Sunday morning and Mrs. Olson would read them to you.:eek:

Low tech.

Did you have to crank the phone first? ;)

Painted_Bandit
01-29-2010, 12:16 PM
In the 80s, if you wanted all the weekend scores, you'd call WMPL radio in Houghton, Michigan on Sunday morning and Mrs. Olson would read them to you.:eek:

Low tech.

You know it's bad when you have to call houghton MI