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    The Fighting irish are coming east. There is talk of a 12th team, but word's been mum on who it is. Signs point to RPI or Quinnipiac. Any ideas out there?

    Here's an article from a website I've been following for coverage:

    http://excalibursportspage.com/2011/...e-coming-east/
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    Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

    This has been covered in several other threads... but I guess it's good to move it out of the Hockey East 2011/2012 thread...

    Hopefully a 12th team does come along, or I can foresee and unbalanced schedule. The 12th teams as you said are most likely RPI or QU, with UConn thrown in as a longshot (highly unlikely IMO). Seems like the majority feel is that Hockey East should have stayed at 10 teams.

    Regardless, welcome aboard.

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    • #3
      Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

      Originally posted by ericredaxe View Post
      This has been covered in several other threads... but I guess it's good to move it out of the Hockey East 2011/2012 thread...

      Hopefully a 12th team does come along, or I can foresee and unbalanced schedule. The 12th teams as you said are most likely RPI or QU, with UConn thrown in as a longshot (highly unlikely IMO). Seems like the majority feel is that Hockey East should have stayed at 10 teams.

      Regardless, welcome aboard.
      This could very much destabilize the eastern conferences. Grabbing a team from ECAC could destabilize, which is something I guess Notre Dame said they didn't want to do at the presser.

      I think UConn is the most logical fit since AHA can withstand going to 11 teams and unbalanced. Grabbing an ECAC team essentially will destabilize that conference and maybe force a raid. I have no idea, since I'm not in the board rooms (clearly), and I'm an AHA guy with Bentley who would hate to see that happen.

      I was trying to follow on the boards, but I figured I'd start something up and get it on its own. This is clearly a huge story!
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      • #4
        Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

        The proper thread title would have been

        "Hockey East is going down the tubes."

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          Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

          No real big surprise here since the NCHC added Saint Cloud and Western. This does add some problems for Hockey East, as it was a bus league. The longest trip will be Orono to South Bend, but that cost could be counter balanced by Maine not playing NC games in the midwest, and staying closer to home. There was some talk years back about adding Quinnipiac so that might be a possibility. The strongest option would be RPI, but they were reluctant to go when invited before. UConn, and RIT are other possibilities.
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            Originally posted by NMU8405 View Post
            No real big surprise here since the NCHC added Saint Cloud and Western. This does add some problems for Hockey East, as it was a bus league. The longest trip will be Orono to South Bend, but that cost could be counter balanced by Maine not playing NC games in the midwest, and staying closer to home. There was some talk years back about adding Quinnipiac so that might be a possibility. The strongest option would be RPI, but they were reluctant to go when invited before. UConn, and RIT are other possibilities.
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              Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

              Originally posted by Humanoid View Post
              This could very much destabilize the eastern conferences. Grabbing a team from ECAC could destabilize, which is something I guess Notre Dame said they didn't want to do at the presser.

              I think UConn is the most logical fit since AHA can withstand going to 11 teams and unbalanced. Grabbing an ECAC team essentially will destabilize that conference and maybe force a raid. I have no idea, since I'm not in the board rooms (clearly), and I'm an AHA guy with Bentley who would hate to see that happen.

              I'm gonna have to disagree here. If Hockey East grabs RPI or Quinnipiac, the ECAC could pick one from Atlantic Hockey if necessary. That's just the pecking order. Maybe if that happened, Atlantic Hockey would consider adding UAH. I don't see that as destabilization. If anything, things will become more stable. I don't see any multiple team raids happening amongst the three Eastern conferences.

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                Originally posted by J.D. View Post
                I'm gonna have to disagree here. If Hockey East grabs RPI or Quinnipiac, the ECAC could pick one from Atlantic Hockey if necessary. That's just the pecking order. Maybe if that happened, Atlantic Hockey would consider adding UAH. I don't see that as destabilization. If anything, things will become more stable. I don't see any multiple team raids happening amongst the three Eastern conferences.
                Maybe the WCHA should swipe UAH and get to an even number before ECAC or AHA grab them first.

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                  Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

                  Originally posted by SCSU Euro View Post
                  Maybe the WCHA should swipe UAH and get to an even number before ECAC or AHA grab them first.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

                    I've seen RIT kicked around as a popular choice for the ECAC to add to replace RPI/QU.

                    Originally posted by NMU8405 View Post
                    No real big surprise here since the NCHC added Saint Cloud and Western. This does add some problems for Hockey East, as it was a bus league. The longest trip will be Orono to South Bend, but that cost could be counter balanced by Maine not playing NC games in the midwest, and staying closer to home. There was some talk years back about adding Quinnipiac so that might be a possibility. The strongest option would be RPI, but they were reluctant to go when invited before. UConn, and RIT are other possibilities.
                    Depending on flight schedules, UMass-to-ND may be as long time-wise as UMaine-to-ND, because UMaine is close to the Bangor airport while UMass is an hour from Bradley (and farther from Logan).
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                      Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

                      First choice.... just stay at 11. Second choice Cornell (who has also been rumored although highly unlikely). 3rd choice UConn adds a team. 4th Choice... go back to 10 after ND defects.
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                        UConn would make the most sense, but doesn't look likely to happen. RPI would be a good pick up if they are as serious about pushing hockey as it seems they are, the hanger could use some renovation if it still looks the same as the last time I went out there ('09-'10 season opener). Adding RPI or Quinnipiac would also add a team to Women's Hockey East bumping the league to 9 members.
                        Originally posted by jcarter7669 View Post
                        First choice.... just stay at 11. Second choice Cornell (who has also been rumored although highly unlikely).
                        Cornell is NEVER going to the leave the ECAC unless the rest of the Ivy League splits (in which case they'd stay with them).
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                          Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

                          Originally posted by jcarter7669 View Post
                          First choice.... just stay at 11. Second choice Cornell (who has also been rumored although highly unlikely). 3rd choice UConn adds a team. 4th Choice... go back to 10 after ND defects.
                          I'd say zero chance that the ivy's split up. They would form an all Ivy Leage before splitting up out of the ECAC id bet.

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                            Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

                            Originally posted by Humanoid View Post
                            This is clearly a huge story!
                            Maybe. UND and DU leaving the WCHA is a bigger story so is the starting up of the Big Ten.
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                              Re: Notre Dame to Hockey East

                              Originally posted by ClOuD 9 View Post
                              UConn would make the most sense, but doesn't look likely to happen. RPI would be a good pick up if they are as serious about pushing hockey as it seems they are, the hanger could use some renovation if it still looks the same as the last time I went out there ('09-'10 season opener). Adding RPI or Quinnipiac would also add a team to Women's Hockey East bumping the league to 9 members.

                              Cornell is NEVER going to the leave the ECAC unless the rest of the Ivy League splits (in which case they'd stay with them).
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