The WCHA is dead.
I think 2021 is around the same time the University of St. Thomas will be forced out of the MIAC... 🤔
If the Alaska schools canít afford their current rinks, they wonít be doing any renovations to their on-campus arenas any time soon.
Huntsville drawing 20 percent of their arenaís capacity isnít sustainable.
Itís about time this happened.
Iíd be supportive of UAF announcing its withdrawal from the WCHA on Monday, effective immediately. We can use the money we save from not having to pay for the other ungrateful seven to travel to AK to pay the withdrawal penalty.
Enjoy your bus league, and try not to run over anybody else with that bus. ✌️
The sad reality is that many of these programs wanting to leave are in financial tight jackets themselves. They simply can no longer afford being in a conference with the two Alaska schools and UAH
I know that BG has about zero interest in continuing with the Alaska trips......not just the financial aspect but also what those trips do to the the team the week after. Bergeron talked numerous times about the after effects of Alaska trips and how they really mess you up for two weeks of play fatigue wise.
College hockey just doesn't work in Alaska...there are no schools close enough to make it feasible and they seem to be on a shoestring budget every single year as well. The on campus 700 person rink move was probably the nail in the coffin for AA.
Speaking of Bergeron.....it wil be interesting to see what this move does to Miami. Beregeron is an old CCHA guy and he might want to be in a league with less travel and BG as a rival again. Not mention easier to rebuild a program in a league were you don't play UMD, UND and Denver 12+ times a year.......
Ho. Ly. Sh*t.
I don't really have the words right now.
Originally Posted by aparch
I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"
"According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".
UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.
Everyone knew this day was coming, it was quite obvious when the rumors were floating around 4-5 years ago. A bit surprised to see UAH left out, and I can't help but wonder if they get invited back in if they can demonstrate a commitment to a proper on-campus arena within 2-4 years and increased program funding.
This also opens the door for any school within the geographic footprint, particularly the AHA teams that had expressed interest in playing without the scholarship limits imposed by that conference. Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, for example, and Mercyhurst in Erie.
Michigan Tech: "Working with scraps and guys from places so remote that Houghton seems like a metropolis"
I know this is total pie in the sky, but what about the Alaska schools joining the BCIHL. Eastern Washington was in the league 2011-2018
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