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  • beaverhockeyfan
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by Pants View Post
    Hunstville NEEDS a home, and anyone who claims geography has to do with it obviously hasn't realized Air Force plays in AHA.

    I do find it intersting other colleges are looking at adding hockey. It's good for the sports, especially with a "power conference" school adding it. Then, though, it may just be in time for Big 12 to start hockey and ruin the conferences again...
    I am a Beaver Fan and would love to see Huntsville in the new WCHA to continue the rivalry. BUT........

    You need to remember these schools in the new WCHA are there because they were not considered "like minded" enough for the NCHC schools. Most people have come to the conclusion that "like minded" means $$$$$ in the budgets. With the new WCHA having both Alaska schools in the league, can the team afford a trip to Huntsville as well? There have been rumbling that there will be years that teams will play both Alaska schools in Alaska, which may mean two trips unless logistics/academic requirements can be worked out where teams will be able to spend up to 10 days in Alaska and away from school. Will the Alaska schools continue their travel subsidies? Will Huntsville pony up funds to help cover travel costs? I think those are the sticking points for UAH to be admitted into the new WCHA.

    I think Moorhead State (yes, and I still call it Mankato State ) is the team that the new WCHA is wanting. It would get them into the Fargo-Moorhead media market, which is fairly large compared to the media market of other schools.

    Would Iowa State want to compete in the new WCHA, or would they be "like minded" enough for the NCHC as a home? A school from a power conference in other sports doesn't necessarily fit the mold of a new WCHA school? They would be another nice get for the new WCHA as it would get them into the Ames/Des Moines media market.

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  • MavsFan
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by Beer Pong Horn View Post
    I'm discounting UW-GB for now, since they don't appear to be interested.

    If Iowa State did create a hockey program, as much as I'd want them to go to the WCHA, I'd expect them to go to the NCHC despite their upstart status. They're closer to UNO geographically than to MSU-Mankato, and closer in size to UNO, SCSU, WMU, Miami, et al than to MTU, Mankato, Ferris, Bemidji, et al. ISU also has more name recognition than most of the WCHA schools, more comparable to NCHC schools.
    If you're talking about student enrollment, Mankato and St. Cloud are just about identical in size.

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  • Beer Pong Horn
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by Hatch_man View Post
    I would have to think that the new "WCHA" would be interested in hearing from any DI school that wants to upstart a hockey program just to have a 2nd DI school in the conference to help secure their seat at the big boy table as far as rules and such go.
    I'm discounting UW-GB for now, since they don't appear to be interested.

    If Iowa State did create a hockey program, as much as I'd want them to go to the WCHA, I'd expect them to go to the NCHC despite their upstart status. They're closer to UNO geographically than to MSU-Mankato, and closer in size to UNO, SCSU, WMU, Miami, et al than to MTU, Mankato, Ferris, Bemidji, et al. ISU also has more name recognition than most of the WCHA schools, more comparable to NCHC schools.

    So, let's hope the WCHA is beating the bushes at the UW satellite schools, NDSU and SDSU, and any other D-I/II schools in the Upper Midwest.

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  • davyd83
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by Pants View Post
    Hunstville NEEDS a home, and anyone who claims geography has to do with it obviously hasn't realized Air Force plays in AHA.

    I do find it intersting other colleges are looking at adding hockey. It's good for the sports, especially with a "power conference" school adding it. Then, though, it may just be in time for Big 12 to start hockey and ruin the conferences again...
    Air Force may have access to a bit more reasonably priced air travel. Anyone who thinks geography has nothing to do with hopefully doesn't have to undergo random screening at work.

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  • ExileOnDaytonStreet
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    Originally posted by 4four4 View Post
    WI-Green Bay said they have not been in discussions with the WCHA.
    Truth. They are not even close to possible.

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  • Ralph Baer
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by Patman View Post
    Pfft... Still in second

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    There's a big difference between Air Force and UAH... it's a little easier when you have a trillion dollar bankroll.
    Assuming that you mean number of schools, wouldn't they be 4th after NY, MA, and MI?

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  • Hatch_man
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    I would have to think that the new "WCHA" would be interested in hearing from any DI school that wants to upstart a hockey program just to have a 2nd DI school in the conference to help secure their seat at the big boy table as far as rules and such go.

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  • Patman
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by 4four4 View Post
    The Dragons AD said he is seeing Dragon jerseys flying around the rink. We will see. It would be cool to see 6 Minnesota schools playing hockey.
    Pfft... Still in second

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    There's a big difference between Air Force and UAH... it's a little easier when you have a trillion dollar bankroll.

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  • 4four4
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    WI-Green Bay said they have not been in discussions with the WCHA.

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  • 4four4
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by JDUBBS1280 View Post
    I hope Huntsville makes it in!! That program really needs it.

    I think the Dragons will make it, they're pretty close, last I read they were more than 3/4 of the way to the 30mil needed.
    The Dragons AD said he is seeing Dragon jerseys flying around the rink. We will see. It would be cool to see 6 Minnesota schools playing hockey.

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  • JDUBBS1280
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Originally posted by Pants View Post
    Hunstville NEEDS a home, and anyone who claims geography has to do with it obviously hasn't realized Air Force plays in AHA.

    I do find it intersting other colleges are looking at adding hockey. It's good for the sports, especially with a "power conference" school adding it. Then, though, it may just be in time for Big 12 to start hockey and ruin the conferences again...
    I hope Huntsville makes it in!! That program really needs it.

    I think the Dragons will make it, they're pretty close, last I read they were more than 3/4 of the way to the 30mil needed.

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  • Pants
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    Re: MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    Hunstville NEEDS a home, and anyone who claims geography has to do with it obviously hasn't realized Air Force plays in AHA.

    I do find it intersting other colleges are looking at adding hockey. It's good for the sports, especially with a "power conference" school adding it. Then, though, it may just be in time for Big 12 to start hockey and ruin the conferences again...

    Leave a comment:


  • MN State-Moorhead, AL-Huntsville, WI-GB and Iowa State looking at the WCHA

    http://northsports.areavoices.com/20...or-the-future/

    Minnesota State Moorhead, Alabama-Huntsville, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Iowa State have shown interest in joining the WCHA, according to Bemidji State Athletic Director Rick Goeb.
    “Some are a little bit further on in making their commitment to hockey and making it known,” he said.
    Besides Alabama-Huntsville the only other school who is further along would be Minnesota State Moorhead.
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