OK, 879 was the best that I could get last years thread to. Oh well I tried, with the crappy team Michigan had last year I guess that it wasn't that bad. I tried some questionable tactics to get it to reach a thousand but that wasn't enough. I started my push too late as well. My bad.
Thanks for starting the new season thread alfa. From the things that I've been reading (which of course mean nothing) next season sounds promising. Not National Championship promising but promising in terms of building something. There are some real good pieces coming in and combine that with what is returning I can see a possible tournament appearance. Yes that means we'll need good luck of course but we need to capitalize on that good luck. Like everyone I'm hoping the new-old blood at the helm in the coaching regime revitalizes the program. After seeing what he did for Tech in his years up there I have no doubt that it can translate to Michigan.
I can't see ASU joining B1G Hockey. Notre Dame was perhaps the only outsider that I could see joining the conference. Mainly because they have been rumored/should have joined the conference for football years ago. Their geographic location, the academics, the history make them a perfect fit for the B1G. ASU doesn't fit, at all. They are 1,500 miles away, have questionable academics (They are not an AAU member. I know that Nebraska lost their status as an AAU member but they were when they joined.), and they have very little history. I'm not saying that it won't happen, just that it doesn't make sense.
I've seen that the rumblings of Illinois going D-1 in hockey have been squashed, anyone know why? I know it's probably a money thing but any specifics?