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  • beaverhockeyfan
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    Originally posted by pdt1081 View Post

    One trip to Alaska a year was not the problem. Multiple trips per year combined with the very public financials for those two teams, something needed to change. No amount of "we'll forgo asking you to come here" is going to lead to an invite to a league. Fixing the financial problems long term is the only way to an invite anywhere. Huntsville seems to be on the right track, although I would put Fairbanks ahead of them as the next to get an invite solely because the trip to Alaska opens up two more non-conference games.
    Looks like UAH is offering up $25,000 per series to offset some of the travel costs in their talks with the CCHA and Atlantic Hockey.

    https://uahhockey.com/blog/2020/12/0...en-named-rotw/

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  • beaverhockey
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    MSOE has Covid issues...no games for the Mavs this weekend

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  • DrunkTrainPolka
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    IMO, the three UA* teams should stay as indies with the NCAA requiring a conference- and team-rotation visiting AK and AL, amortizing the cost of travel...

    sure, it does not create many rivalries since teams would take years to play them again but... well, at least it would be financially viable and do wonders for a better PWR.

    a trip to AK is fun as hell... as a hockey player from the lower 48 knowing that in your four/five years at whatever school would include a trip there would be awesome! just like wearing sandals when going to huntsville. all three places can be destinations... polar bears in place, rockets on the other...

    GO TECH GOLD!

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  • pdt1081
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    Originally posted by manurespreader View Post
    Let's say that Fairbanks offered to come to Marquette every year at Thanksgiving, and play, lets say 6 league games as home games there over the next 3 weeks, meaning there would only be half the teams going north each year. Would that be enough to get an invite to the CCHA?
    One trip to Alaska a year was not the problem. Multiple trips per year combined with the very public financials for those two teams, something needed to change. No amount of "we'll forgo asking you to come here" is going to lead to an invite to a league. Fixing the financial problems long term is the only way to an invite anywhere. Huntsville seems to be on the right track, although I would put Fairbanks ahead of them as the next to get an invite solely because the trip to Alaska opens up two more non-conference games.

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  • Lost_Husky
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    Originally posted by manurespreader View Post
    Let's say that Fairbanks offered to come to Marquette every year at Thanksgiving, and play, lets say 6 league games as home games there over the next 3 weeks, meaning there would only be half the teams going north each year. Would that be enough to get an invite to the CCHA?
    That is very interesting they could also get UAH to do something similar. I still think they say no, but it would get some people thinking.

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  • manurespreader
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    Let's say that Fairbanks offered to come to Marquette every year at Thanksgiving, and play, lets say 6 league games as home games there over the next 3 weeks, meaning there would only be half the teams going north each year. Would that be enough to get an invite to the CCHA?

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  • beaverhockeyfan
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    Today's UAH at Ferris tilt is postponed due to positive test results within UAH.

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  • JohnsonsJerseys
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    Originally posted by net presence View Post
    heard a rumor today that many of the teams do not want to travel to Fairbanks to play.
    Sadly, that is actually a fact.
    Refer to CCHA 2.0 forming next season.

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  • fairbanks hockey puck
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    Havent heard anything in Fairbanks either, but consider the fact that Forrest Karr was the AD at UAF at one time...

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  • davyd83
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    Originally posted by net presence View Post
    Interesting info today... First, Mankato will be playing Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSoE) this coming Saturday and Sunday in Mankato. So, a top 5 DI team vs a middle of the pack DIII team. Will be interesting to say the least.

    Next, heard a rumor today that many of the teams do not want to travel to Fairbanks to play. And, in response to that, NMU has offered to host UAF the second half of the season. Apparently UAF would stay at an extended stay type hotel and just do their studies online. Would play their home games and practice at Marquette. Have you heard anything about this davyd?
    I have not.

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  • lakersparty
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    Originally posted by net presence View Post
    Interesting info today... First, Mankato will be playing Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSoE) this coming Saturday and Sunday in Mankato. So, a top 5 DI team vs a middle of the pack DIII team. Will be interesting to say the least.

    Next, heard a rumor today that many of the teams do not want to travel to Fairbanks to play. And, in response to that, NMU has offered to host UAF the second half of the season. Apparently UAF would stay at an extended stay type hotel and just do their studies online. Would play their home games and practice at Marquette. Have you heard anything about this davyd?
    If they do this, they should stay in Marquette for the long haul and join the new CCHA as UAUP. Lol

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  • net presence
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    Interesting info today... First, Mankato will be playing Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSoE) this coming Saturday and Sunday in Mankato. So, a top 5 DI team vs a middle of the pack DIII team. Will be interesting to say the least.

    Next, heard a rumor today that many of the teams do not want to travel to Fairbanks to play. And, in response to that, NMU has offered to host UAF the second half of the season. Apparently UAF would stay at an extended stay type hotel and just do their studies online. Would play their home games and practice at Marquette. Have you heard anything about this davyd?

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  • net presence
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    This article was posted over on the Covid thread in the Cafe. Very interesting read which I highly recommend regarding why hockey is likely the riskiest of all the sports to try and play if you aren't doing a true bubble like the NHL did.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/healt...ion-outbreaks/

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  • mmf
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    Appears UAF, FSU, and NMU are still in the running for the not-so-coveted WCHA Rust Belt, with FSU holding on to a tenuous 7 day cushion. FSU hasn’t played since Feb 29 while UAF and NMU both laced up March 7.

    The Nook’s first scheduled game is on the road at LSSU January 1 with 18 underclassmen on the roster and probably with the Rust Belt in hand. But we’re still in 2020 so I’m not counting FSU or NMU out quite yet.
    Last edited by mmf; 12-04-2020, 09:48 PM.

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    The tally increased to 8 games called off for Northern. They cancelled the December 11-12 series against Minnesota State.

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