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gfmorris
06-21-2011, 09:00 AM
This was originally posted in the Save UAH Hockey thread, but it does make sense to have this in a new topic. It has been lightly edited from that original post for clarity.

The tentative 11-12 schedule is out (http://www.uahchargers.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=148). Ahem.[1]

I expect that's "tentative" because:

1. It's only 29 games, and I know that the goal was 32-34.
2. After the Merrimack series this past January, the Nashville folks wanted to do another series at Bridgestone. The 2011-12 NHL schedule won't be out for a few weeks, though, and I'm sure the Nashville folks want to combine a two-game UAH series with a Saturday night Predators game. There's enough fire around them wanting to do a Regional and/or Frozen Four that they will want to keep that fire going, and putting UAH in it means they've got a better shot at getting the gate they want.
3. The contracts aren't signed.
4. No matter where that series is, I don't see not playing the second AND fourth weekends of January. February is the conference wasteland [note again that it's a CCHA school with a free weekend that will host], so you've got to get games in January if you can.

That's a tough schedule, but that's not surprising. Figure you can split with the three October home opponents. WMU will be hard to beat, but perhaps easier early in the season.

Do you pick the Buckeyes off at home? Not sure what their recruiting is doing with BTHC a reality. Providence is a possibility given that they'll have a new coaching staff this year. The Thanksgiving stuff will be interesting: an RPI team we played 2-1 twice at home last year[2], a new-coach UML team that was terrible last year, and UNH.

December will be a slog, even if the team gets to stay in Minnesota. The interesting thing will be to see how UAH fares against a post-Matt Read BSU squad. It feels like the boys could sweep MC at home to end 2011.

DU and UMD will both be very difficult trips.

MU won't be any easier in February, for sure. U-18 comes in to finish out the schedule, and those kids are Danton's squad. DC already knows that I'm going to blister him for six periods.

I like UAH for 10-11 wins, more if this big recruiting class pans out. All three returning goalies have ice time on their resumes. Baxter is the main scoring punch you lose. The boys have a puncher's chance.

GFM

[1] That's the permalink to the schedule, regardless of season. Don't get me started on uahchargers.com's Joomla implementation. It works after a fashion, but the structural underpinnings were done by someone who doesn't understand how a CMS works. Not that I'm a snob about such things.

[2] One of the fine RPI gentlemen indicated that RPI is full and cannot accommodate the Chargers. I'm just reporting what I've been told.

gfmorris
06-23-2011, 10:47 AM
Let me surprise you: UAH pushed out a press release about the ten incoming freshmen (http://uahhockey.com/blog/2011/06/22/uah-announces-incoming-freshmen-for-2011-12/). Of then ten, I've met Strukoff, and he looks a lot bigger than 195#.

This clearly doesn't get the team to the discussed 15-9-4. I know[1] that three young men [all forwards] are not returning for 11-12, so that puts us at 13-8-3. I expect that a couple of late additions will make their way to Huntsville by the time August rolls around. In particular, I'd like to see one more forward and one more defenseman, and I'd prefer two more forwards.

The team hasn't voted on captains yet, but I will be surprised if anyone other than Curtis deBruyn wears the C next season. That would extend the junior-defenseman-as-captain streak to three [Kalinchuk, Burkholder]. If you go back even further, the Chargers have had two forwards serve as co-captains [Selinger, Ross], but the last forward to be the sole captain is Steve Milosevski in 2003-4.

GFM

[1] I have had coaches, graduated seniors, and Facebook statuses provide me this information. I'm going to try to get with all three of them to be able to discuss that.

tnlong
06-23-2011, 07:58 PM
... The 2011-12 NHL schedule won't be out for a few weeks, though, and I'm sure the Nashville folks want to combine a two-game UAH series with a Saturday night Predators game. There's enough fire around them wanting to do a Regional and/or Frozen Four that they will want to keep that fire going, and putting UAH in it means they've got a better shot at getting the gate they want.
...

http://predators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=566835
http://predators.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm?&gameType=3

The Pred's host the Flyers on Sat. 1/14 and the Blues on Sat. 2/4.

gfmorris
06-24-2011, 09:31 AM
Thanks, Terry.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/06/college_hockey_on_brink_of_con.html

GFM

gfmorris
06-30-2011, 11:00 PM
I'm working to get the incoming freshmen to tell us a little about themselves. I've got my first interview request out now.

GFM

gfmorris
07-02-2011, 07:33 PM
Ryan Burkholder will play in the Netherlands next year (http://uahhockey.com/blog/2011/07/02/ryan-burkholder-to-play-in-netherlands/).

GFM

College Hockey Weekend
07-02-2011, 11:38 PM
Just posted a blog as to why the WCHA should pursue UAH. As a native Southerner myself, I feel for you guys. I want the game to expand in the Southeast, but it won't until a major conference invites the Chargers.

http://collegehockeyweekend.blogspot.com/2011/07/charging-for-future-wcha-realignment.html

gfmorris
07-03-2011, 10:06 AM
Just posted a blog as to why the WCHA should pursue UAH. As a native Southerner myself, I feel for you guys. I want the game to expand in the Southeast, but it won't until a major conference invites the Chargers.

http://collegehockeyweekend.blogspot.com/2011/07/charging-for-future-wcha-realignment.html

I'm not sure why the WCHA would look here. I expect that any charge like that would be led by McLeod, who seems by word and deed to be inclined to keep everyone out west in D-I up and running. He's familiar with UAH as the first commissioner of the CHA.

As for the power conference, I've got something on that score that I should finish writing up.

GFM

gfmorris
07-05-2011, 09:08 PM
Two for you tonight:

http://uahhockey.com/blog/2011/07/05/incoming-interview-craig-pierce/

Craig Pierce kicks off our summer series of interviews of incoming Chargers.

http://saveuahhockey.com/2011/07/05/the-ones-and-zeros-one-way-western-collegiate-hockey-realignment-might-happen/

If everyone else can come up with a realignment proposal, why can't I?!

GFM

UAHStatman
07-05-2011, 10:47 PM
http://saveuahhockey.com/2011/07/05/the-ones-and-zeros-one-way-western-collegiate-hockey-realignment-might-happen/

If everyone else can come up with a realignment proposal, why can't I?!

GFM

Interesting proposal on making the best of a less-than-ideal situation, but what about Bowling Green? They'd have to be included and one of your East schools left out -- unless the league can manage to have 13, which could be messy.

FlagDUDE08
07-06-2011, 07:41 AM
Interesting proposal on making the best of a less-than-ideal situation, but what about Bowling Green? They'd have to be included and one of your East schools left out -- unless the league can manage to have 13, which could be messy.

Bowling Green was included in the "total Division I" teams (along with UND, Miami, etc.).

A 9-team Atlantic Hockey seems a bit interesting, but I am glad the author has realized that the eastern leagues (at least Hockey East and ECAC) would likely only change if a western team tried to get into the east (as was discussed with Notre Dame on another thread).

UAHStatman
07-06-2011, 11:18 AM
Bowling Green was included in the "total Division I" teams (along with UND, Miami, etc.).

That's true, although based on what I've read (links below), this new proposed league will be based on how its schools are committed to hockey investment and not necessarily if its members are full Division I, and Bowling Green isn't, at least right now, in the mix.

Duluth News Tribune: UMD invited to discuss new college hockey conference
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/203589/group/Sports/

Grand Forks Herald: UND weighs hockey league options
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/208516/

UAHStatman
07-06-2011, 11:21 AM
Interesting proposal on making the best of a less-than-ideal situation, but what about Bowling Green? They'd have to be included and one of your East schools left out -- unless the league can manage to have 13, which could be messy.

Now that I think about it, if there are 13 leftovers, the way they are aligned would make me think two conferences (one with six, the other with seven, both with an Alaska team) would be more likely than one.

gfmorris
07-06-2011, 11:39 AM
A 9-team Atlantic Hockey seems a bit interesting, but I am glad the author has realized that the eastern leagues (at least Hockey East and ECAC) would likely only change if a western team tried to get into the east (as was discussed with Notre Dame on another thread).

I have no idea what happens if NtD moves to HE.

GFM

FlagDUDE08
07-06-2011, 11:50 AM
I have no idea what happens if NtD moves to HE.

GFM

If Notre Dame were to go to Hockey East, look for them to grab a 12th team. Some ECAC teams have been mentioned in that discussion, as has Miami.

gfmorris
07-06-2011, 02:28 PM
If Notre Dame were to go to Hockey East, look for them to grab a 12th team. Some ECAC teams have been mentioned in that discussion, as has Miami.

They should pick up UAH. ;)

GFM

tnlong
07-07-2011, 03:02 PM
I'm not sure why the WCHA would look here. ...
The answer is
http://www.uscho.com/2011/07/06/proposed-new-conference-includes-ccha-wcha-schools/
UAH could go from being the outcast to being extremely valuable to both the CCHA and WCHA.
UAH could go from providing incentives to asking for incentives

darker98
07-07-2011, 03:19 PM
FYI
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/209049/

FlagDUDE08
07-07-2011, 03:25 PM
FYI
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/209049/

If WMU doesn't get in but Notre Dame does, and assuming that math is OK in the UAH thread...

6 (big ten) + 7 (BHHC) = 13
11 (CCHA) + 12 (WCHA) + 1 (Penn State) + 1 (UAH) = 25
25 - 13 = 12 (pretty good number for the size of a league)

tnlong
07-07-2011, 04:10 PM
The pessimistic outlook has the remaining CCHA and WCHA teams merging and leaving UAH as the odd-program-out again.

The optimistic outlook would be for a "ballsy" sort to revive the CHA and add Bowling Green, RIT, Minn. St., and S't Cloud St.
That would leave the remaining northern hockey outposts (minus Bemidji) out-in-the-cold to form a North Conference.