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  • BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, citing

    https://www.uscho.com/2020/05/22/bre...citing-budget/


    Sorry, this stinks!
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    Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

    so sorry to hear this. enjoyed having them in the WCHA and especially enjoyed visiting Huntsville to play them. this move feels forced. and, again, I am sorry to hear it.
    Originally posted by mtu_huskies
    "We are not too far away from a national championship," said (John) Scott.
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    • #3
      Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

      This is bad news, and I'm guessing that other marginal programs could be forced to do the same.

      Tough times.

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      • #4
        Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

        Sad to see any team leave.
        UW Hockey NCAA Champs 73, 77, 81, 83, 90, 06

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        • #5
          Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

          Maybe this is where LIU gets Thor players from. COVID was probably the excuse the school needed to pull the plug
          Uncle Mickey: July 23, 1950-July 22, 2003

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          • #6
            Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

            Originally posted by jericho View Post
            Maybe this is where LIU gets Thor players from. COVID was probably the excuse the school needed to pull the plug
            UAH also put other cost-saving measures in place, including a hiring freeze, “heightened review of spending, cancellations of faculty sabbaticals, and a temporary suspension of the 4033(b) voluntary employer match."
            Plunging state budgets and a failure to get the proposed multi-use facility approved ended the program. There were a lot of other bullet wounds along the way, but this was the double-tap.

            GFM
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            UAH BSE MAE 2002
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            • #7
              Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
              Plunging state budgets and a failure to get the proposed multi-use facility approved ended the program. There were a lot of other bullet wounds along the way, but this was the double-tap.

              GFM
              I hate seeing this. Huntsville has been a great rivalry and the trips, always enjoyable. To the people of Huntsville, thank you for many great experiences and the incredible hospitality. To Mike & staff, I wish you all the best!
              "The use of common sense and logic will not be tolerated and may result in fine and/or suspension."- Western Professional Hockey League By-laws. 1999-2000.

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              • #8
                Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

                Laura Stickells from Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports that Alaska Nanook head coach says a conference call is set for next week.


                “We’re going to have to hopefully not make drastic changes to the schedule, but there’s definitely going to have to be some changes where we are hosting another team up in Fairbanks and playing them four times now. And we are going to another place where we were only going to play them twice,” UAF head coach Erik Largen said over the phone on Friday.

                If the WCHA adjusts the conference schedule by adding a series between teams that were only going to face off twice and by balancing home and away contests, the Nanooks will add a road series against Bemidji State or Michigan Tech and will add a home series against Ferris State or Northern Michigan.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fairbanks hockey puck View Post
                  Laura Stickells from Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports that Alaska Nanook head coach says a conference call is set for next week.


                  ďWeíre going to have to hopefully not make drastic changes to the schedule, but thereís definitely going to have to be some changes where we are hosting another team up in Fairbanks and playing them four times now. And we are going to another place where we were only going to play them twice,Ē UAF head coach Erik Largen said over the phone on Friday.

                  If the WCHA adjusts the conference schedule by adding a series between teams that were only going to face off twice and by balancing home and away contests, the Nanooks will add a road series against Bemidji State or Michigan Tech and will add a home series against Ferris State or Northern Michigan.
                  Only seems fair to have a schedule equally balanced between home & away games, while holding total games relatively constant.

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                  • #10
                    Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

                    From a geographical standpoint it just didnít make much sense unfortunately. Maybe if some Texas and Florida schools had developed a league.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Yuppie Scum View Post
                      From a geographical standpoint it just didnít make much sense unfortunately. Maybe if some Texas and Florida schools had developed a league.
                      Marquette, MI is only 100 further from Huntsville than Austin, TX
                      "The use of common sense and logic will not be tolerated and may result in fine and/or suspension."- Western Professional Hockey League By-laws. 1999-2000.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Yuppie Scum View Post
                        From a geographical standpoint it just didnít make much sense unfortunately. Maybe if some Texas and Florida schools had developed a league.
                        But it's got to be done if you want D1 hockey to grow. Gotta prime the pump. If you don't care about college hockey growth, about more opportunities for kids, about improved competition, then don't travel. Obviously has to be balanced with budgets and maybe a D1aa division makes sense for those with limited finances?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by davyd83 View Post
                          Marquette, MI is only 100 further from Huntsville than Austin, TX
                          Yes, weird. When I lived in Atlanta I was closer to Detroit than Miami (Florida)

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                          • #14
                            Re: BREAKING: Alabama Huntsville dropping menís ice hockey effective immediately, cit

                            Originally posted by Sol Diablo View Post
                            Yes, weird. When I lived in Atlanta I was closer to Detroit than Miami (Florida)
                            Isn't that weird?

                            Just off the top of my head - some of the powers that be at UAH have been trying to drop hockey for awhile. Maybe COVID, plus being dropped by the WCHA - or CCHA 2.0 - gave them just the right excuse to drop. I will miss them.
                            Originally posted by mtu_huskies
                            "We are not too far away from a national championship," said (John) Scott.
                            Boosh Factor 4

                            Originally posted by Brent Hoven
                            Yeah, but you're my favorite hag.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fairbanks hockey puck View Post
                              Laura Stickells from Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports that Alaska Nanook head coach says a conference call is set for next week.


                              ďWeíre going to have to hopefully not make drastic changes to the schedule, but thereís definitely going to have to be some changes where we are hosting another team up in Fairbanks and playing them four times now. And we are going to another place where we were only going to play them twice,Ē UAF head coach Erik Largen said over the phone on Friday.

                              If the WCHA adjusts the conference schedule by adding a series between teams that were only going to face off twice and by balancing home and away contests, the Nanooks will add a road series against Bemidji State or Michigan Tech and will add a home series against Ferris State or Northern Michigan.
                              NMU loses 2 home games against UAH, itís not likely theyíd swap those for a road trip to Fairbanks. That would give NMU only 12 home and 16 away.
                              "The use of common sense and logic will not be tolerated and may result in fine and/or suspension."- Western Professional Hockey League By-laws. 1999-2000.

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