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.
Very interesting news coming out of far west Canada: Simon Fraser - who is currently the only Canadian school in the NCAA - is taking a hard look at fielding a Division I hockey program.
SFU, the only non-U.S. school within the NCAA’s 1,121-school membership, currently competes as a Div. 2 school and are members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 15 sports including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and track and field as well as football, softball and women’s volleyball. However association rules allow them to compete in one men’s and one women’s sport at the Div. 1 level.
I didn't know about that rule that allowed them to compete at the DI level. Interestingly, the DII league that SFU is in now (GNAC) is also home to UAF and UAA so I'm certain SFU would find a home in the WCHA immediately should they pursue. Would be a fascinating development to see the first Canadian school join DI. Implications abound.
So we surprisingly don't have an open thread yet, but the wings are about to start the third period with a 2-0 lead. Obviously this is a must-win game.
EDIT: Game over. Wings win. Shutout by Mrazek. Next game Tuesday.