fair point that
Received this email today since I used to live in Saint Louis. Thought it might be useful for anyone planning on going down for the game.
Michigan is in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey West Regional in St. Louis next weekend. We would appreciate knowing your interest in either of these two events.
- As the host for the event, the St. Louis Sports Commission would like to invite the local alumni association for Michigan to get a group together to attend the tournament on March 25 & 26 at Scottrade Center. If you have interest, respond to this email. If we purchase through the Commission, the group can bypass additional Ticketmaster fees.
- The woman at the St. Louis Sports Corporation suggested a bar that could serve as an “official headquarters” for Wolverine fans. J. Bucks has offered with the support of Dan Dierdorf. See the invitation, below. We could do a “game watch.”
We are extremely excited to host Wolverine Fans this weekend in St. Louis for the upcoming NCAA Hockey West Regional if you decide to work with us! One of our owners Dan Dierdorf, a former Michigan Alumni is thrilled that you may be using his restaurant asMichigan Headquarters. Dan plans to be at the restaurant for the pregame and post-game parties-on both days!!!
I am happy to work with you directly on logistics for your event and to discuss space that you will need. We offer lots of unique space, and have plenty of it! The majority of our restaurant offers televisions that can be seen from the dining area as well as the bar area. We welcome your pep band and cheerleaders to perform if you like. We can also set up an area for you to sell t-shirts, etc. Please feel free to call me directly or email me: 314-440-3601, firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to working with you!
As I am sure you are all aware by now (or at least you should be), the Big Ten Hockey Conference is now official. WIth the conference being official, that means that at some point in the next few years, the conference is going to be in need of some officials.
As anyone who follows the hockey team knows, the officiating in our current conference, the CCHA, is abysmal. Even the most basic of call are regularly blown. Just two weekends ago against Bowling Green, they blew the whistle for icing even though the Bowling Green goalie had come out to play the puck (to their credit, they did try to aleviate this one by keeping the face-off in their end when they realized what they had done).
CCHA officials also have had a tendency to blow crucial calls in close games as well. We've been screwed out of countless goals and countless games over the years. Just this last weekend they errantly called off an empty-net goal at the end of the game. Fortunately, it didn't end up mattering, but it was completely possible that the ref's blowing that call could have led to ND tying it up and sending it to overtime. I can't even begin to describe my emotions if that would have happened.
Anyway, the real point here is that I fear the Big Ten is, naturally, going to think the best place to go looking for college hockey officials is to poach them from the CCHA and WCHA. I expect they'll be paying a lot better, so I'm sure anybody they offer would take it. I believe this would be a huge mistake on thier part and I think the Big Ten should make an effort to find and appropriately train it's own referees from the outside. This could be retired NHL referees, or reputable referees from junior hockey, or some place else.
I understand that this isn't going to mean there are not going to be blown calls from time to time, nor does it necessarily mean there will be any improvement at all for that matter. I think, however, that it would be a mistake not to try and get an improvement by getting new guys in then to reward CCHA refs (And possible WCHA referees whom Wisconsin and Minnesota fans might be able to vouch against) for the years of mind-numbing officiating they've committed with effectively a promotion. Of course I'm partial to our woes, but if they're screwing our games up on a regular basis, you better believe they're screweing up everyone else's to.
I am encouraging everyone who is reading this thread and follows Michigan Hockey to write a letter, e-mail, or whaever to the Big Ten expressing your distaste for our officials and letting it be known to them that should seek officials from someplace different than the current ranks. While you're at it, I recommend mentioning the absurdity of the CCHA video review rules about the above-goal camera. One way or another, I don't want to see guys like Shegos ever again when we go to the Big Ten, but I fear the Big Ten is going to naturally gravitate that way if they don't hear enough from people like us. If anyone knows where fans of our Big Ten hockey breathern like to hang out on the internet, feel free to pass it along. It'll help, I'm sure, if Minny, Wisky, MSU, and OSU are letting the conference know how they feel about their quality of officiating.
Happy Letter Writing. Feel free to post what you send.
Here it goes... the B1G is taking over the world one sport at a time...
I looked on the boards in the past and I don't think there's been an official announcement thread...
As a BG student who was super excited to see them play Michigan in the CCHA's... this really sucks because I was hoping to see BG make a turnaround in conference over the next few years.
Oh well... guess it was going to happen either way.
(1) Yale vs. (4) Air Force
(2) Union vs. (3) Minnesota-Duluth
(1) North Dakota vs. (4) RPI
(2) Denver vs. (3) Western Michigan
(1) Boston College vs. (4) Colorado College
(2) Michigan vs. (3) Nebraska-Omaha -- 5:30 PM [ESPN3.com/ESPN Syndication (Note: Tape Delay at 11:30 p.m. on ESPNUHD)]
(1) Miami vs. (4) New Hampshire
(2) Merrimack vs. (3) Notre Dame
With North Dakota beating Denver in 2OT to win the WCHA Playoff Championship, the pairwise is set for the NCAA Selection Show tomorrow afternoon.
Miami will be the last #1 seed (joining Yale, North Dakota, and Boston College), as they won their first CCHA Playoff Championship tonight. Michigan finished #5, which means they will be a #2 seed (most likely) in Miami's region. The pairwise does not totally determine the field, it could be adjusted for travel concerns and will be adjusted to avoid intra-conference first round matchups. Also, teams that host regions automatically play in those regions no matter what seed they are.
Selection Show will be tomorrow, 11:30am, ESPNU (I think)
Teams that made the tournament according to USCHO:
Yale, North Dakota ,Boston College, Miami, Michigan, Merrimack, Denver, Union, Minnesota-Duluth, Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska-Omaha, New Hampshire, Colorado College, Rensselaer, Air Force
Let's assume for the moment Michigan is in Miami's region. If you watched both teams play this weekend, you should be (rightfully so) concerned. Michigan played like garbage Friday night and while winning today against ND, they were outshot by about 20. Miami meanwhile steamrolled ND and took care of WMU to win their first CCHA Playoff title and looked like a championship team doing it. However, that is why they play the games. This senior class has one last shot at that nice gold trophy and to hang a nice white banner at Yost. They certainly have the talent to win it all...but will we see the team we all want to see, or the debacle we watched this weekend?
The only thing to be sure about...there is nothing more nerve wrecking than single elimination hockey...game on
USCHO predicts Michigan will be in the St Louis Region
West Regional (St. Louis):
14 Colorado College vs. 3 Boston College
12 Nebraska-Omaha vs. 5 Michigan
I recommend clicking on the link, they do a great breakdown at how they predicted the regions...
Well, let's give it a go for third place in the tourney. A lot riding on this one.
Already down 1-0 to ND