Letís be honest. Playing hockey in Orono, ME is a tough sell when you play in a league with the likes of BC, Providence, Northeastern, UMass, BU and other big money schools. Thereís a reason why Maine, Vermont, Merrimack and UNH have been struggling. Theyíre all lower-budget schools that struggle to attract a full team loaded with talent.
I guess if I were to put fault on anyone it would be the University of Maine. The facilities/budget just arenít on point with a lot of other schools in the country. We saw that with the football program when half the football staff left for better paying jobs after the season.
The way people here talk about Maine, you'd think they were a sub-10 win team playing a weak schedule, instead of a .500 team playing a top third schedule in terms of difficulty.
The losses sustained today and possibly going forward are a huge blow, though, and none of the incoming freshmen really impress me like Schmitty, Dawe, or Tralmaks did when I monitored them prior to their Orono arrival. A step back is most likely in the cards, and while I will still maintain the prior season was not awful, a step back is not at all what they need.
I don't see NHL talent there in either of them -Red has never put a guy into The Show- so why not bail now and have a shot at maximizing your possible development? This iteration of the Maine program is looking like a dead-end for even somewhat promising players.
(And even if they hung-around, does anyone really think Maine would be a tournament team as a result? I surely don't.)
Last edited by Fishman'81; 03-18-2019 at 07:59 PM.
I felt the same way today as I did when Shore and Hutton left after their junior season. If they stuck around, I was excited about what the 2015-2016 season could be. But they left and that opened the door for Pearson and Fossier to get a lot of play as freshmen.
But, youíre right. Iím less optimistic now and this will just lead to more fans wanting the coachís head whether thatís the right or wrong answer.
My only hope now is that Tralmaks continues to develop his game, Fossier sticks around and Doherty steps up. Other than that, the only way theyíre getting anywhere is on Swaymanís back.
Does anyone else find it curious that 3 of the Top 4 and 4 of the Top 10 teams in the country are non D1 schools? While I understand that that non D1 institutions have always been members of D1 college hockey.....I've noticed that this trend has picked up over the past few seasons. Is it a coincidence? Are programs like Maine, UNH, Vermont, etc at a disadvantage due to spreading resources too thin while these other schools can go "all in" on their only D1 sports program? Something to consider.......
2018: 1 (Duluth) CHAMPION
2017: 1 (Duluth)
2014: 1 (Union) CHAMPION
2013: 1.5 (St. Cloud; Lowell transitioning)
2012: 2 (Union, Ferris)
2011: 1 (Duluth) CHAMPION
2010: 1 (RIT)
2009: 1 (Bemidji)
2008: 0.5 (North Dakota transitioning)
2007: 1 (North Dakota)
2006: 1 (North Dakota)
2005: 2 (North Dakota, Colorado College)
2004: 1 (Duluth)
2001: 1 (North Dakota)
2000: 2 (North Dakota, St. Lawrence) CHAMPION
1997: 2 (North Dakota, Colorado College) CHAMPION
1996: 1 (Colorado College)
1994: 1 (Lake Superior) CHAMPION
1993: 1 (Lake Superior)
1992: 1 (Lake Superior) CHAMPION
1991: 2 (Northern Michigan, Clarkson) CHAMPION
1988: 2 (Lake Superior, St. Lawrence) CHAMPION
1987: 1 (North Dakota)
1986: 1 (Denver)
1985: 2 (RPI, Duluth) CHAMPION
1984: 2 (Duluth, North Dakota)
That is 34 teams (including half credits) in 34 years. Exactly 1 per year, or 25% of the field. Considering that 21 of 60 (or 35%) of NCAA schools are playing up, that seems reasonable. In the past 10 years the average is slightly under 1, which probably has more to do with North Dakota and Denver moving to D-1 than anything else.
We have seen this much more frequently than in the past. Schools are in multiple leagues (and even multiple levels) depending upon the sport. Look at BC: ACC but Hockey East. UConn: AAC but Hockey East. Even Maine: America East but Hockey East. Frequently a school will join a "dedicated" league when they want to emphasize one sport that isn't inclusive of others.
So to answer your question, I don't find it curious at all because we live in a boutique society now where everything is specialized.
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