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    http://www.collegiateconsulting.com/...ision-i-hockey

    Lindenwood University, located in Saint Charles, Mo., recently announced it will move their men’s hockey program to NCAA Division I in 2022-23. In May 2018, Collegiate Consulting, as part of a partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and College Hockey Inc., completed a comprehensive hockey feasibility study for Lindenwood.
    The release mentions the WCHA, which, well, there may be some bad news for LU.

  • #2
    So, 20 conference games against UAH?

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    • #3
      So Lindenwood was one of the unnamed feasibility studies?

      Not knowing that, I had the probability of this happening somewhere between the probabilities of this happening at High Point University and Syracuse.

      But knowing they did the feasibility study? Makes more sense.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by AMC View Post
        The release mentions the WCHA, which, well, there may be some bad news for LU.
        Well someone has to be a founding member of the WCHA 3.0...

        My guess is that someone who knows nothing about hockey just pulled words from the study and pasted this release together. I'm sure back in 2018, the WCHA looked like the best option for them.... and UAH and UAF and UAA. It also says they recommend a 3-4 year ramp up...

        Nope, we'll just get started in 2022-23.
        Let's have a D-I hockey team....
        Who's going to be our head coach?
        "LEEEEEEEEEROY JENNNNNNNNKINS!!!!!!!!!!"
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        • #5
          I had to shake my head when the consultant specifically listed all the neighboring states that don't have D1 hockey teams. Highlight they are in the St Louis Metro area, easy travel by land or air, and a huge for college hockey untapped media market. They could have highlighted the other D1 programs that are within a reasonable (for western teams) travel time. Highlighting a 2,500 seat arena isn't going to help things either. They could have left that detail out. Granted it is bigger than some and more than likely sufficient, but this is all about marketing. They need to seem like a legitimate program not some small D1 program. I know they are proud of what they have, but they need to market, market, market!! I'm a engineer who has no natural marketing skills, and even I could write a better press release then what they put out.
          Last edited by Lost_Husky; 02-12-2021, 01:33 PM.

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          • #6
            Best of luck to them, hope they can make it. Would be great to expand further south & west.

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            • #7
              Seems like the consulting company jumped the gun and Lindenwood is not ready to move forward. Amazing, an incompetent consulting company.

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              • #8
                All of those NHL funded "studies" have been a joke. You could take that template and create one for any school and they would all have the same summary.
                The school is eager and ready to jump to D-I hockey.... All they are waiting on is tens of millions of dollars.
                Preserving Michigan Tech's Hockey History
                https://www.johnsonsjerseys.net
                Originally posted by geezer
                Tech has the best of everything, even the best jersey nerd.
                Originally posted by manurespreader
                ...I really enjoyed listening to Ryan Johnson. He sounded intelligent.

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                • #9
                  I love all the skepticism when these stories break. Much like when everyone scoffed at LIU starting a program. LIU has managed to play 10 games already. 3-7 and no outrageous scores against. Good for them getting the program off the ground and good luck to Lindenwood. Make it happen.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by J.D. View Post
                    I love all the skepticism when these stories break. Much like when everyone scoffed at LIU starting a program.
                    "ATLANTA (Feb. 10, 2021) – Lindenwood University, located in Saint Charles, Mo., recently announced [past tense] it will move their men’s hockey program to NCAA Division I in 2022-23."

                    If this were true, the university might put out this major announcement somewhere... anywhere. You know like on their university website, athletics website, Twitter, Facebook, send out a press release, etc. The only references to them going D-I are all second hand, nothing from the university that I have seen. So yeah, at this point, it is met with skepticism. I'm all for more D-I teams. It just gets old seeing these posts every other week "Team XYZ is going D-I!!!". Remember Illinois "going D-I"... They're still not on the ice. Yeah, Covid blah blah... they're in the red zone now, so close, but they need to hit pause.... It didn't seem to be an issue for LIU and I would guess Illinois has way more resources at their disposal than the Sharks.

                    We can all celebrate the new team when they are on the ice. Until then...
                    Preserving Michigan Tech's Hockey History
                    https://www.johnsonsjerseys.net
                    Originally posted by geezer
                    Tech has the best of everything, even the best jersey nerd.
                    Originally posted by manurespreader
                    ...I really enjoyed listening to Ryan Johnson. He sounded intelligent.

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                    • #11
                      Can we celebrate St. Thomas? I just think it's encouraging to even hear rumblings. LIU is up and running and others are at least moving in that direction.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by J.D. View Post
                        Can we celebrate St. Thomas?
                        Yep, not only to they have a plan in place, but they've already been accepted to the CCHA for next season.
                        Preserving Michigan Tech's Hockey History
                        https://www.johnsonsjerseys.net
                        Originally posted by geezer
                        Tech has the best of everything, even the best jersey nerd.
                        Originally posted by manurespreader
                        ...I really enjoyed listening to Ryan Johnson. He sounded intelligent.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
                          Yep, not only to they have a plan in place, but they've already been accepted to the CCHA for next season.
                          I'm a bit confused, maybe someone can enlighten me? I thought minimum rink seating for. WCHA was 2500. I assumed CCHA would stay with that. But the Tommies arena is like 1000 to 1300. However they have been accepted regardless. What gives? What have I missed?

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