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    Whitman: 'Big questions' remain before green-lighting UI hockey

    Opinion: It looks like hockey will be a go but I'm guessing they are waiting to see who will pay for the $100 million arena which will house multiple IL sports.
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    Just what we need, another b10 school that Wisconsin and Minnesota fanbases couldn’t care less about. Ugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by solovsfett View Post
    Just what we need, another b10 school that Wisconsin and Minnesota fanbases couldn’t care less about. Ugh
    Too bad their campus is not a bit closer to Chicago. But it's not an insurmountable road trip from Madison.

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    It looks like hockey will be a go but I'm guessing they are waiting to see who will pay for the $100 million arena...
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    My take on the article from Whitman is that they are still fishing for a large donor. Seems like that they have had people answering their calls, but when it comes down to it, U of I is asking for a $20m donation and are being told a "Well, I can't do that, but here's $5m." kind of deal. So they're making progress, but still lacking in a key area...

    At this point there is too much smoke for there to not be fire... It's just a matter of how long it'll smolder before full on igniting....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    My take on the article from Whitman is that they are still fishing for a large donor. Seems like that they have had people answering their calls, but when it comes down to it, U of I is asking for a $20m donation and are being told a "Well, I can't do that, but here's $5m." kind of deal. So they're making progress, but still lacking in a key area...

    At this point there is too much smoke for there to not be fire... It's just a matter of how long it'll smolder before full on igniting....
    For some that's not good enough. UI is clearly serious about getting there and making every effort to make it happen. Having enthusiasm, and publicizing the progress in hopes of garnering interest must be met with skepticism and ridicule every step of the way.

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    Fox Development holding out hope for its hockey-based proposal

    This article from March 2018 explains why UI has been cautious.
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    Hockey at Illinois would be a win-win for Illini, Big Ten Conference
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    This articles says what the last two hurdles are before the eventual announcement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    So, We've got $80 million in donations, but just need $20 million more. After that, easy-peazy
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    Chicago Tribune: "llinois is in ‘the red zone’ for adding a Division I hockey..."

    You can't tell at all that the Tribune only focuses on the Bears. Sort of like in the Minnesota papers when the Vikings missed that chip shot field goal in the playoffs "from just outside the crease..."

    The AD at Illinois' could really help fund raising if he would at least "talk hockey" when trying to get a program going. I don't think "If we were on a 100-yard field, we’re in the red zone. We’re driving in..." really speaks to hockey fans...

    But hey, hats off for the progress they have made so far. Just a few months ago, this concept was not looking good "from way downtown" and then "bang!" now they're "in the red zone..." Clearly Illinois has "gone hard to the hole" and is "taking it right up the gut" to make this hockey team happen. Right now they are "just a bit outside" of their target for fundraising. If they keep "bringing the heat" on potential donors and "leave it all on the field" eventually they are going to "knock it out of the park" and then before you know it... "Boom, goes the dynamite" and we're going to have hockey at another D-I school where hockey is the 16th most popular sport on campus...

    Illinois hockey IS going to happen. In fact, at this point, it's a slam dunk (according to the AD anyway...)


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    Chicago Tribune: "llinois is in ‘the red zone’ for adding a Division I hockey..."

    You can't tell at all that the Tribune only focuses on the Bears. Sort of like in the Minnesota papers when the Vikings missed that chip shot field goal in the playoffs "from just outside the crease..."

    The AD at Illinois' could really help fund raising if he would at least "talk hockey" when trying to get a program going. I don't think "If we were on a 100-yard field, we’re in the red zone. We’re driving in..." really speaks to hockey fans...

    But hey, hats off for the progress they have made so far. Just a few months ago, this concept was not looking good "from way downtown" and then "bang!" now they're "in the red zone..." Clearly Illinois has "gone hard to the hole" and is "taking it right up the gut" to make this hockey team happen. Right now they are "just a bit outside" of their target for fundraising. If they keep "bringing the heat" on potential donors and "leave it all on the field" eventually they are going to "knock it out of the park" and then before you know it... "Boom, goes the dynamite" and we're going to have hockey at another D-I school where hockey is the 16th most popular sport on campus...

    Illinois hockey IS going to happen. In fact, at this point, it's a slam dunk (according to the AD anyway...)


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    I found it rather ******y.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    The AD at Illinois' could really help fund raising if he would at least "talk hockey" when trying to get a program going. I don't think "If we were on a 100-yard field, we’re in the red zone. We’re driving in..." really speaks to hockey fans...
    To be fair, they're also trying to elevate their football program to D1 at the same time and probably mixed up the notecards...

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    Chicago Tribune: "llinois is in ‘the red zone’ for adding a Division I hockey..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    Chicago Tribune: "llinois is in ‘the red zone’ for adding a Division I hockey..."

    You can't tell at all that the Tribune only focuses on the Bears. Sort of like in the Minnesota papers when the Vikings missed that chip shot field goal in the playoffs "from just outside the crease..."

    The AD at Illinois' could really help fund raising if he would at least "talk hockey" when trying to get a program going. I don't think "If we were on a 100-yard field, we’re in the red zone. We’re driving in..." really speaks to hockey fans...

    But hey, hats off for the progress they have made so far. Just a few months ago, this concept was not looking good "from way downtown" and then "bang!" now they're "in the red zone..." Clearly Illinois has "gone hard to the hole" and is "taking it right up the gut" to make this hockey team happen. Right now they are "just a bit outside" of their target for fundraising. If they keep "bringing the heat" on potential donors and "leave it all on the field" eventually they are going to "knock it out of the park" and then before you know it... "Boom, goes the dynamite" and we're going to have hockey at another D-I school where hockey is the 16th most popular sport on campus...

    Illinois hockey IS going to happen. In fact, at this point, it's a slam dunk (according to the AD anyway...)


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    There i no way but the rumor mill said IL could start playing next year. Maybe an announcement by next year but I don't believe the school can start playing D1 next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4four4 View Post
    There i no way but the rumor mill said IL could start playing next year. Maybe an announcement by next year but I don't believe the school can start playing D1 next year.
    No problem. Just make sure one of the Alaska schools drops hockey after this year due to budget cuts and then transfer those players to Illinois.

    Seriously, it would be possible, but Illinois would need to commit and act soon. Basically you take your club team and add a few decent players that have been overlooked or are unhappy with playing time. Schedule a season of mostly exhibitions against Canadian, D-3, club teams, and maybe even a few D-1 teams. The goal would be to move to a mostly D1 schedule the following year.

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    Highly unlikely that Illinois is playing D-I hockey year. Even if they find the money, coaches, players and every other detail of putting a team together, who are they going to play? D-I teams typically have their schedules set years in advance. Unless an Alaska school folds and creates a huge hold in the WCHA schedule they would be lucky to get even a handful of D-I games. A D-I team isn't going to create itself in 13 months. If anything is happening next year, regardless of what they want to call it, it will be club hockey, maybe with a more challenging schedule.
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