EDINA, Minn. – May 17, 2016 – Bringing the singular intensity and passion of playoff college hockey directly to its member institution fans, the entirety of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) postseason – from the quarterfinals through the championship game – will be hosted by the highest remaining seeds at on-campus venues, beginning immediately with the 2016-17 season.
The WCHA is the first to make this move and the implications reach to both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. If the WCHA sees a boom in attendance and revenue, does the Big Ten follow suit? I'm too lazy to check, but I'm certain the Final Five outdrew the Big Ten finals. Additionally, if the WCHA sees success with this, does it sway the campus site regionals argument?
This move also officially ends the famed WCHA Final Five after staving off death for a few years
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigan ice hockey team announced today (Friday, May 13) its complete 14-game non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Wolverines will play four non-conference weekend series (eight games) at Yost Ice Arena including a pair of games against Union College to open the season on Oct. 7-8. Michigan will also host in-state rival Michigan Tech for two games on Oct. 21-22.
Hockey East power Boston University will return to Yost Ice Arena on Nov. 11-12 for two games, one year after Michigan split its series against the Terriers in Boston. U-M rounds out the non-conference home slate with a Thanksgiving weekend series against former CCHA rival Lake Superior State on Nov. 25-26.
|Fri., Oct. 7||vs. Union (N.Y.)||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 8||vs. Union (N.Y.)||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 15||at Ferris State||Big Rapids, Mich.||TBA|
|Fri., Oct. 21||vs. Michigan Tech||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 22||vs. Michigan Tech||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Fri., Oct. 28||at Vermont||Burlington, Vt.||TBA|
|Sat., Oct. 29||at Dartmouth||Hanover, N.H.||TBA|
|Fri., Nov. 4||at Arizona State||Glendale, Ariz.||TBA|
|Fri., Nov. 11||vs. Boston University||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 12||vs. Boston University||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Fri., Nov. 25||vs. Lake Superior State||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|Sat., Nov. 26||vs. Lake Superior State||Yost Ice Arena||TBA|
|52nd Great Lakes Invitational|
|Thu., Dec. 29||vs. Michigan Tech||Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)||TBA|
|Fri., Dec. 30||Michigan State/Western Michigan||Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)||TBA|
I am pleasantly surprised. Great competition and good mix of some former CCHA rivals, great home action, and nice road trips.
In a shocker, the new Red Wings arena will be called Little Caesars Arena. I don't think anyone saw that coming.
Now it needs a nickname - Pizzarena? You heard it here first. TM/Copyright/Patent Ypsituckyboy 2016.
Per sources in Minnesota, ASU will not be joining the Big Ten:
Arizona State, which played its inaugural season of Division I men’s hockey this past season and is in the process of choosing a conference, is getting closer to that decision. Two sources told WCCO that the Big Ten is no longer in the running to add the Sun Devils, and that the choice is now between the Western Collegiate Hockey Association or the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The NCHC seems happy at 8 while the WCHA would gladly take them, but I'd bet ASU would rather get in the NCHC if they can
The Big Ten, which for more than a hundred years did not have any affiliate members, thought it would be prudent to see how those three new affiliate memberships go before adding any more of them, a source said, and for now at least, is content with seven men’s hockey teams.
So looks like we'll be at 7 for the time being and that's fine by me.