gwkrlghl

May 21st, 2013 at 7:15 PM ^

We managed to get grade A clubs to come to Yost (BC, BU, even Lowell), some really good teams on the road (RIT, UNH, UNO) and we still managed to keep some in state games (Ferris, Tech)

When I had student tickets (07-10), we had some pretty lousy non-conference games and a lot of CCHA games were lousy too. I count three dull games on the schedule: Niagara, Waterloo (ex), and the USNTDP. Otherwise, every home game is gonna be pretty good.

I approve of this schedule

Paps

May 21st, 2013 at 7:18 PM ^

We are playing Boston College at home, and I'm psyched about playing Michigan Tech, and continuing the "feud" with Ferris State.  The non-conf is very challenging, but it should give us some exposure before conference play starts.

Fhshockey112002

May 21st, 2013 at 7:29 PM ^

Surprised I liked the schedule so much. Having BC, BU, and U-Mass Lowell come to Yost and still playing Ferris, and now getting to add a home weekend with Michigan Tech is great. Plus a chance to possibly play Wester in the GLI, this means Michigan could play all the major Michigan schools (outside Northern, and LSSU) while moving to the B1G. 

I also think the away weekend in New Hampshire early in the season will help the team grow and test themselves early in the season. 

Fhshockey112002

May 22nd, 2013 at 12:29 AM ^

Ferris State went to RPI this past season, and although didn't fair well (0-1-1) it forced them to go on a 14 hour bus trip with the new guys, and bonded the team. Also they were coming into the season after their best player broke his arm in the exibition game, so really threw the young team into a tough environment and forced them to "sink or swim"

icegoalie1

May 21st, 2013 at 7:59 PM ^

both at home and on the road.  The key home games are much more in line with the ticket prices for my season tickets.  Let's hope that the play on the ice is up to the task this season.  Go Blue!

burtcomma

May 21st, 2013 at 8:16 PM ^

Guys, Seems to me that we need at least 1-2 additional schools in the B1G to add hockey in the next 4-5 years or so.  Is that feasible?  Does it make sense?  (I think it would be to add what we might call inventory to B1G network)  Who would add it?  Northwestern?  I think there must be a longer term plan than just having less than half the conference with a team in a particular sport.

Michigan Arrogance

May 21st, 2013 at 8:36 PM ^

There would be fan support at illinois, but they would need a huge initial investment in a facility a la PSU.

NW could use the united center, but it's pretty booked up with the bulls/hawks/misc stuff, and i can't imagine anyone associated with NW would care.

Neb would be like Ill, but UNO already has a program and i doubt the regents/board for the NU system would want that kind of competition.

The sleeper is Iowa, who would have a decent shot at aquiring talent with the USHL having a big presence in DeMoines, IIRC. Would need a facility in IC I assume. They would get fan support I think.

IU, PU no way.

Rutgers and Maryland, who the hell knows- someone help us with these 2

Doc Brown

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:23 AM ^

There is absolutely no support for hockey at Purdue. I remember getting ostracized for caring about the Stanley Cup playoffs and not the NBA playoffs. The club team for purdue practices 30 minutes off campus and plays their games one hour away in Indianapolis. Purdue would be one of the last universities to add hockey. The current president Mitch Daniels is on a budget cutting session at the moment. Since Purdue football is not the most revenue generating program in the area...I seriously doubt president Daniels and AD Burke wants to taken on additional costs. 

gwkrlghl

May 21st, 2013 at 10:49 PM ^

ever since Penn State announced they were moving up and the general consensus seems to be that no one else seems likely to join soon unless

  1. A huge donor steps up for that school ala Terry Pegula for Penn State
  2. Or the BTN someho ends up making significantly more money for the hockey schools than anyone expected

Best bets seem to be Nebraska or Illinois and neither seems close

rb4kb8

May 21st, 2013 at 9:41 PM ^

The game at RIT is the only game in NY and its the same night as the football team's game at Penn State.

Have to choose football. Darn it

Mr. Robot

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:37 AM ^

Wow, what a schedule. Think I need to get season tickets this year instead of going individual.

Just hope the team is up to playing it, unlike last year.

HELLE

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:52 AM ^

Does anyone know how much hockey season tickets cost per game last season? Do they give you a discount on per ticket price like they do for football season tickets?