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hockeefan
10-25-2011, 09:32 AM
If possible, they could be a good fit into ECAC West couldn't they?

Captain Obvious
10-25-2011, 09:42 AM
I don't think anyone in west would want to travel there. I heard the same travel argument on this board when people discussed Adrian joining the west, and that is certainly closer than UAH.

altazo
10-25-2011, 09:57 AM
No.

But, it will be interesting to see what percentage of UAH's current roster ends up on D3 rosters next season.

AVFC
10-25-2011, 09:59 AM
No.

But, it will be interesting to see what percentage of UAH's current roster ends up on D3 rosters next season.

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MountieBoyOz
10-25-2011, 10:13 AM
This

Insert joke about Oswego getting transfers here

XCTiger
10-25-2011, 10:13 AM
Cash and the cost of travel is the reason for the demise of the UAH program, so there is no way they'd play down to DIII. The CCHA and WCHA thought they were poor a poor fit because of the cost of travel, so I doubt they would make any sense at all for the ECAC-W. Add in the fact that UAH would not be eligible for the DIII tournament and they would have not reason to even consider that kind of move.

As far as the movement of players is concerned remember that because the UAH program is disbanding, players will not be subject to NCAA tranfer rules. No requirment to sit out a year so I would expect most to end up in DI programs. I would think Penn State would love to get some of them just to help balance out their recruiting classes. Perhaps a few might decide to go the DIII route.

altazo
10-25-2011, 10:19 AM
I think more will end up on D3 rosters than D1 rosters, even though they will be free to transfer anywhere they want. A high percentage of their players probably should have gone D3 to begin with. I doubt there's ever been a Junior player who turned down an opportunity to play at Michigan (or any other number of programs) because they wanted to play at UAH. Their roster is most likely comprised of players who were generally thought to be boarder line D1 prospects to begin with. Just like St. Norbert, Oswego, Platt, Norwich, etc. etc.

PrezdeJohnson09
10-25-2011, 10:24 AM
I think more will end up on D3 rosters than D1 rosters, even though they will be free to transfer anywhere they want. A high percentage of their players probably should have gone D3 to begin with. I doubt there's ever been a Junior player who turned down an opportunity to play at Michigan (or any other number of programs) because they wanted to play at UAH. Their roster is most likely comprised of players who were generally thought to be boarder line D1 prospects to begin with. Just like St. Norbert, Oswego, Platt, Norwich, etc. etc.

Great post.

Captain Obvious
10-25-2011, 10:45 AM
Neumann had a UAH transfer a few years back. He didn't win the starting job.

joecct
10-25-2011, 12:47 PM
Because they are a D-II school, UAH only can play for a championship in D-II or D-I if D-II does not offer a championship in that sport (i.e. ice hockey). It's the same boat that the Saints and the rest of the NE-10 face. Only D-III schools may play for a D-III championship.

As for the players, some will end up in lower end D-I programs, some will end up @ D-III, and some may stay because they like the academics @ UAH. I would bet the coaches end up in the USHL for a few years and then move back to the college ranks.

bakdraft21
10-25-2011, 01:13 PM
Insert joke about Oswego getting transfers here Forget about the joke, lets get'em boys:D....ps we palyed 2 games against UAH I think in 85 or 86 had a lot of fun there, to much fun we didnt sober up until the 3rd period:D

cooperalls
10-25-2011, 03:47 PM
I believe UAH hockey is done forever that includes Club Hockey look at Findlay which had a rink on campus at one time and turned it into raquetball courts. What a smart President!

NUProf
10-25-2011, 05:18 PM
I believe UAH hockey is done forever that includes Club Hockey look at Findlay which had a rink on campus at one time and turned it into raquetball courts. What a smart President!

I believe that the latest "play up" legislation would forbid UAH from restarting their program and playing DI hockey in the future, because teams that were playing up were required to continuously compete at the DI level or lose the right to play up. They would be stuck in the same situations as the NE 10 teams are now. Now there is a loophole that exists because of the fact that there is no DII championship, a restarted UAH program MIGHT still be eligible for the DI tournament, although it seems to be in conflict with the rest of the rule.

Back check
10-31-2011, 05:13 AM
It's going to be tough for some of the UAH guys to find a roster spot with new D-1 teams. D-3 is a great option - some very strong programs and excellent academic schools.

There are UAH players that were recruited by other D-1 teams, but most of these guys received full scholarships from UAH and were not offered that much from other schools.