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  • St Thomas Rink Future

    https://ccha.com/news/2021/7/9/mens-...st-follow.aspx

    MEN’S HOCKEY
    St. Thomas Ice Arena served the Tommies well as a Division III school, but it simply doesn’t meet the needs of a Division I program. Every other school in the CCCHA plays in an arena with at least 2,500 seats. And when it comes to hockey, the Tommies have their sites on being competitive against the likes of the Gophers, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State as well, and facilities will play a major role in being able to recruit against those schools.

    “It’s hard to say exactly what that will be,” Esten said of the next home for the men’s program, “whether it would be a shared facility or a new St. Thomas facility off campus.”

    In the meantime, Esten said it is possible that one or more marquee games could be played at an alternate site this season and in future seasons, but he added that no discussions have taken place to date. Along with hosting St. Cloud State in their opening weekend, the Tommies will have home games against conference opponents Minnesota State Mankato and Bemidji State.

    “Whether it’s the University of Minnesota, any of the larger professional arenas in the Twin Cities or municipal-owned facilities, I think there are a lot of really neat options for us,” Esten said. “That’s if it makes sense; if the ice is open at that time, if the partnership makes sense, if they’re interested, if we’re interested, then we can progress with the conversation.”

    Esten said St. Thomas will look at public-private partnerships, off-campus facilities, and any other options that make sense.

    Lucia believes that the Tommies should focus on making the best of their current arena until a new home is built or found.

    “I told Phil that I am completely comfortable with them playing in that facility as a short-term facility,” Lucia said. “I think it makes more sense to play in one facility rather than bounce around to two or three facilities around the Twin Cities.

    “I’m not concerned; it’s a nice arena. They’ll spruce it up nice and it will be a nice home-ice atmosphere.”
    Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

    AHA:
    B1G: UMich, MSU, UMinn, Notre Dame, OSU, UWisc
    CCHA: BSU, BG, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU
    ECAC:
    HEA: UMass
    NCHC: Miami, UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
    Independant: ASU


    Inactive: UAH, ASU, BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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    Esten and Lucia. My east coast bias is showing. Without first names and current job titles, I'm kind of at a loss as to exactly who they are. Or maybe this isn't the entire article.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by UncleRay View Post
      Esten and Lucia. My east coast bias is showing. Without first names and current job titles, I'm kind of at a loss as to exactly who they are. Or maybe this isn't the entire article.
      If only there was a link at the top you could click on
      Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

      AHA:
      B1G: UMich, MSU, UMinn, Notre Dame, OSU, UWisc
      CCHA: BSU, BG, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU
      ECAC:
      HEA: UMass
      NCHC: Miami, UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
      Independant: ASU


      Inactive: UAH, ASU, BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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      • #4
        Hey! Look at that! It IS only a part of the article!! Sorry - I assumed by the formatting that the entire article had been pasted here.
        bigmrg74: "You can't drink the day away if you don't start early!"
        SledDog: "UncleRay seems to be the most sensible one here tonight."
        All great men are dead and I'm not feeling well.
        A Margarita! in every hand and another Margarita! in the other hand!

        And stay off the lawn!

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