The WCHA has invited the five schools (Alaska, Bowling Green, Ferris, Lake State, Western) that would've been left in the dying CCHA starting in 2013-14.
CCHA is dead.
Well its not dead yet...they received invitations to go join the WCHA. However them not joining seems to be a pointless move. So dying yes, but not yet dead.
I'm getting better!
No you're not you'll be stone dead in a moment.
I don't want to go in the cart.
You're not fooling anyone you know.
sad day for college hockey. I hope Michigan can still play some local teams like ferris, lssu, and western.
So then who from the WCHA is left that BG, LSSU, UAF, WMU & Ferris are joining?
I know Alaska-Anchorage is there. Who else?
Sad the CCHA is going the way of the do-do BUT essentially two conferences (WCHA and CCHA) have now begat three (Big Ten, the revamped WCHA and the West-of-the-Mississippi-Non-Big-Ten-but-too-good-to-be-WCHA Super Conference)
Did we ever find out what Notre Dame is doing? Did they officially join a conference and I missed it?
Pretty sure they are either joining the NCHC (and Western would go with them), joining Hockey East, or going independent.
Seeing Western in the list made me think ND had reached a decision due to their paring in the NCHC rumors. But after re-reading, I realized these are invitations to the WCHA and not acceptance. It will be interesting to see if Western accepts.
The fact that they haven't made a decision yet, which doesn't seem it should take that long, and the reemergence of realignment has gotten me to waste time speculating about B1G things. I know, unlikely.
They'll go independent...
I think a lot of people saw this coming. Hopefully the programs can continue in the WCHA because there is no way they could have carried the CCHA on their own.
As much as certain people hyped the B1G Ten Hockey conferences formation, it was undoubtedly a bad thing for college hockey as a whole. Mathematically, certain teams are simply going to be left out of conference reformation and close up shop. Even schools that get absorbed into other conferences (Western, for example) are going to face economic crisis not having the same number of home games against the NDs and Michigans of the world.
That's only one aspect of it. Another is that teams that play against B1G teams will get television exposure they wouldn't get in the past. The same might be said of the other new conference if ESPN or another network decide to pick up those games. That will give college hockey a big boost in viewership and interest, which will probably help spur more schools to create hockey programs. Obviously, certain schools will hurt in the meantime, but it's not all doom and gloom.
The ECAC seems to do pretty well for itself despite a lack of popularity... just saying
I hope there will still be College Hockey at the Joe, the GLI, and the Big Ten hockey playoffs at the Joe
I think I remember the B1G saying the hockey tourney will be at the United Center (or I could be just speculating).
No, the entire tournament is going to be at campus sites:
Glad that the programs that had been left out in the realignment were able to form some kind of viable conference. I think they have a definite shot at staying going concerns this way.
still a bummer we won't play the d2 schools anymore
D-II doesn't exist in college hockey.. only D-I and D-III
Does Appalachian State have a hockey team?
Also, too soon...[shudders]
We had some great times.
I think this is probably the best outcome under the circumstances, though. Some things now make sense geographically (both Alaska schools in one conference, for example), and with guaranteed games against B1G schools and others, they'll be ok financially.
Agree. This is better for college hockey than the dregs of the CCHA being left in an unviable craptastic league a la Atlantic Hockey or the old CHA.
Can someone do a breakdown of what all the conferences will look like if these teams accept the invitation?
With all the stuff going down the past 6 months, I get dazed and confused as to how it will all shake down.
Atlantic Hockey (12)
Remains the same.
Big Ten (6)
Michigan/Michigan St/Minnesota/Ohio St/Penn St/Wisconsin
Remains the same.
Hockey East (10)
Remains the same (possibly plus ND)
Colorado College/Denver/Miami/UMD/UNO/UND (probably plus ND/Western)
Alaska-Anchorage/UAF/Bemidji/BGSU/Ferris St/Lake Superior/Michigan Tech/Minnesota St/St. Cloud State
Left out in the cold
Northern's already been accepted in the WCHA, haven't thye?
You are correct, sir.
A quick google search should've told me what I needed to know. So that would take the WCHA to 10 and leave Bama-Huntsville out in the cold.
Is having two Alaska teams going to be a mess for the WCHA financially? I remember reading that they had to be kept in separate leagues to minimize the overall expense to other schools.
Penn State. In the words of Yost's student section: "It's all your fault!"
Maybe no true powerhouses - but they're certainly the Conference-USA of college hockey. And I mean that in a good way.
These schools may not be perrenial powerhouses, but each has a storied tradition and there are a couple a national championships among these schools. To compare these hockey programs to the CUSA would be an insult. Im glad they were picked up by a major conference and I hope to see these teams at Yost for many years to come! The new WCHA will not be a pushover conference come tourney time!
While C-USA is now "just another mid-major" in football, for a long time it was like what the Mountain West was so recently - a strong mid-major, just one step removed from the big boys. I still think of them that way, what with Tulane and ECU holding it down. And to me, the new WCHA is this - a strong college hockey conference. Maybe not a powerhouse, but a strong conference nonetheless.