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  • GoBucky18
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    While I do think Alvarez couldnt give a rip about hockey, I dont really think Richter did either. It was a self sustaining program in an era of college hockey where there were fewer teams, competition for resources (recruits) was much different and more regional, and facility/amenities werent a huge deal. That world is gone. Richter prob told Alvarez, "dont worry about hockey, it sustains itself".

    What Alvarez really messed up was the fundraising structure, disbanding the individual sport booster prgms and pushing everything under the UW Fund. Yes, you can sport specific apply your donation...but how many really do that? Even that though was done because the rest of college football got into a facility arms race. You had to have new facilities to attract recruits.

    Even Kohl Center was purpose built for hockey and it is already dated. The ice has got to be brought down in size. Every recruit prob gets told by opposing schools, "you really want to skate on big ice? You know the NHL is 200 x 85. Youll slow your development."

    And how many kids in the Granato Era have really developed? Kunin, Frederic, Caufield, Holloway and Weissbach. With only Weissbach hitting 4yrs and only 1 player in his era hitting 100pts in Malone (out of sheer will, bc he wasnt an amazing player). Goalie has been a train wreck. Blue Liners another train wreck. A wholesale change is needed.

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  • GoBucky18
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    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post

    So….it’s really just 5-6 of us who want to read about Badger hockey. The program has fallen off the cliff to the point where most long time fans aren’t going to return and what’s left are last of the diehards…sort of like a mass extinction event happened for Badger hockey.

    I know this will **** people off and I don’t care. This has been 27 years in the making. AND to compound the problem the b10 conference and realignment really did destroy a lot of the diehards enthusiasm.

    so what’s left besides you and I (well, we’re dropping our season tickets and after that I may only lurk) and a few others, is a tiny “fan base” who doesn’t know or care about the history of the program. This cannot sustain the program.

    they don’t just need to fire Jason King and the entire staff down to the skate sharpeners, they need to make a home run Fickell type hire and that’s just not conceivable with an AD who knows less than 0 about hockey.
    I disagree that it has been 27 years in the making. They had some really good teams in the 90s...arguable should have beaten LSSU but got hosed by refs in 93, 99 team with Reinprecht/Heatley shpulda won it all but they fell on their face, 06 team won it, 2010 team ran into freight train of BC in final. 13 And 14 teams were great but fell on their face in 1st rnd of NCAAs. 2021 fell face first as well against a neutral zone trap skating in slush.

    Conference realignment has only been tough in the respect that the Big10 is much more difficult than WCHA was. We dont get to beat up on Sally anymore to inflate the record.

    And you gotta leave Nate LaPoint, the equipment manager off the fire list. That guy is a pros pro and no one does it better.

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  • solovsfett
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post

    Lack of interest in the readership of news with the program.
    So….it’s really just 5-6 of us who want to read about Badger hockey. The program has fallen off the cliff to the point where most long time fans aren’t going to return and what’s left are last of the diehards…sort of like a mass extinction event happened for Badger hockey.

    I know this will **** people off and I don’t care. This has been 27 years in the making. AND to compound the problem the b10 conference and realignment really did destroy a lot of the diehards enthusiasm.

    so what’s left besides you and I (well, we’re dropping our season tickets and after that I may only lurk) and a few others, is a tiny “fan base” who doesn’t know or care about the history of the program. This cannot sustain the program.

    they don’t just need to fire Jason King and the entire staff down to the skate sharpeners, they need to make a home run Fickell type hire and that’s just not conceivable with an AD who knows less than 0 about hockey.

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  • WiscTJK
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    Originally posted by UCBadger View Post

    Lets see.......$10.75/month for Badgers only broadcasts on BTN+ or $4.99/month for perhaps all B1G content on Peacock........................................... ...............

    (I know that is not going to happen, but...........................)
    I bought the whole year on BTN+ with all schools (called conference pass) by taking a discount they offered for like $75. I couldn't pass it up and it gives me access to lacrosse which UW doesn't have but there is great lacrosse in the BigTen (John Hopkins is BigTen for lax).

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  • Timothy A
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    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post
    Milewski said there’s a lack of interest? From who? The former fans? The Athletic Department (obviously). ??? I’d like to hear more.
    Lack of interest in the readership of news with the program.

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  • solovsfett
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    Todd did respond on Twitter that he's going back to hockey once the bb spot is filled, though the lack of interest is concerning. Well Todd, hopefully there's a lot of interest and news in a few months. Hang in there buddy.
    Milewski said there’s a lack of interest? From who? The former fans? The Athletic Department (obviously). ??? I’d like to hear more.

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  • Timothy A
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    Originally posted by aktick View Post
    Just popping in to say it’s sad to see what you guys are talking about. My old man was a season ticket holder from the mid 70s until about 2012. He doesn’t even watch the games anymore when they are on. Neither do I. And Badger hockey was LIFE for me for the first 30 years of my life. Need lots of heads to fall, but I’m not optimistic it’ll happen.
    Nice to hear from you, old friend. Your story is typical of many fans. Jason King did respond to a poster and told us to hang in there. There is a slim possibility of hope.

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  • aktick
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    Just popping in to say it’s sad to see what you guys are talking about. My old man was a season ticket holder from the mid 70s until about 2012. He doesn’t even watch the games anymore when they are on. Neither do I. And Badger hockey was LIFE for me for the first 30 years of my life. Need lots of heads to fall, but I’m not optimistic it’ll happen.

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  • Timothy A
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    Todd did respond on Twitter that he's going back to hockey once the bb spot is filled, though the lack of interest is concerning. Well Todd, hopefully there's a lot of interest and news in a few months. Hang in there buddy.

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  • UCBadger
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    Originally posted by WiscTJK View Post
    ND has an exclusive TV contract with NBC.

    Swept by probably the second or third worst team in the big 7. It’s over and the end has to be coming soon for the Granato era.
    Lets see.......$10.75/month for Badgers only broadcasts on BTN+ or $4.99/month for perhaps all B1G content on Peacock........................................... ...............

    (I know that is not going to happen, but...........................)

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  • solovsfett
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    Fire Gard. Carry on.

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  • WiscTJK
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    ND has an exclusive TV contract with NBC.

    Swept by probably the second or third worst team in the big 7. It’s over and the end has to be coming soon for the Granato era.

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by UCBadger View Post

    I was surprised to find these games on Peacock (and not BTN+). I do have Peacock so I can watch Tour De France....... Is it on Peacock because it is at ND?
    Yep. Recent experience with the Gophers would indicate Peacock has some kind of deal with Irish hockey.

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  • UCBadger
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    It kind of sucks these men's games are on Peacock. At least you can watch the women play on btn plus if you want to.
    I was surprised to find these games on Peacock (and not BTN+). I do have Peacock so I can watch Tour De France....... Is it on Peacock because it is at ND?

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  • digitalbooya
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    What a dog **** 5 minute major call.

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