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    Best Rinks in college hockey

    Who has the best rink?

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    The Ralph... although The Kohl Center is probably the loudest
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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    The Kohl Center is very nice of course, but I feel it definitely can't be the best because there are some seats that are just flat terrible for watching hockey.

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    The Berry Events center is an ok rink, but it is meant for basketball to so you can't always see the corners but overall its a good rink but not the best

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    There is an easy answer to this, and it's more complicated than "the Ralph." The answer is the WCHA. Basically every rink in the conference has had major renovations recently, or is brand new in the last ~ 20 years:

    Minnesota-Duluth - Amsoil Arena: ($80 million) opened December, 2010
    Bemidji State - Sanford Center ($45 mil) opened October, 2010
    Nebraska-Omaha - Qwest Center ($291 mil) opened 2003
    North Dakota - Ralph Engelstad Arena ($105 mil) opened 2001
    Denver - Magness Arena (part of an $84 mil complex) opened 1999
    Colorado College - World Arena (part of a $59 mil complex) opened 1998
    Wisconsin - Kohl Center ($76 mil) opened 1998
    Minnesota State - Verizon Wireless Center opened 1995
    Minnesota - Mariucci Arena opened 1993
    St. Cloud State - National Hockey Center opened 1989 ($32 mil renovation scheduled to start this off-season)
    Alaska-Anchorage - Sullivan Arena opened 1983*
    Michigan Tech - MacInnes Student Ice Arena opened 1972 with major renovations in 2008 and '09

    * the only rink to receive no major renovations in the last ~ 20 years.

    No other conference can remotely compete with that list, and that, IMHO, is part of what makes the WCHA the top conference.
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    ECAC:
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    NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
    WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    Quote Originally Posted by moose97 View Post
    There is an easy answer to this, and it's more complicated than "the Ralph." The answer is the WCHA. Basically every rink in the conference has had major renovations recently, or is brand new in the last ~ 20 years:

    Minnesota-Duluth - Amsoil Arena: ($80 million) opened December, 2010
    Bemidji State - Sanford Center ($45 mil) opened October, 2010
    Nebraska-Omaha - Qwest Center ($291 mil) opened 2003
    North Dakota - Ralph Engelstad ($105 mil) rink opened 2001
    Denver - Magness Arena (part of an $84 mil) complex opened 1999
    Colorado College - World Arena (part of a $59 mil complex) opened 1998
    Wisconsin - Kohl Center ($76 mil) opened 1998
    Minnesota State - Verizon Wireless Center opened 1995
    Minnesota - Mariucci Arena opened 1993
    St. Cloud State - National Hockey Center opened 1998 ($32 mil renovation scheduled to start this off-season)
    Alaska-Anchorage - Sullivan Arena opened 1983*
    Michigan Tech - MacInnes Student Ice Arena opened 1972 with major renovations in 2008 and '09

    * the only rink to receive no major renovations in the last ~ 20 years.

    No other conference can remotely compete with that list, and that, IMHO, is part of what makes the WCHA the top conference.
    Is UNO getting a new rink? Or is that not finalized yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NMUFAN21 View Post
    Who has the best rink?
    Bu and Denver

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    Oh good... another "best rink" thread.

    I haven't been to every rink of course... but my 2 favorites are Agganis Arena and Matthews Arena. Both for very different reasons.

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    Bu and Denver
    I've never been to BU's, but DU only has maybe the 5th or 6th best rink in the WCHA.
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    I haven't been to every rink of course... but my 2 favorites are Agganis Arena and Matthews Arena. Both for very different reasons.
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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    What is the definition of "best?" I like the old barns- Matthews, Appleton, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biddco View Post
    Is UNO getting a new rink? Or is that not finalized yet?
    I read on MavPuck that they are still discussing things, and that they may decide to stay at the Qwest and rather build a practice rink on campus for a lot less money. I think a lot has to do with what UNO decides, long-term, about going D-I in all sports. They would need a basketball arena if they decided to do that, so I think that they are still weighing their options.
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    I've never been to BU's, but DU only has maybe the 5th or 6th best rink in the WCHA.
    Exactly this. If you're from out east (say, Troy, NY) and make a trip to Magness Arena, you might be blown away by it. I'll admit that I've never been to Magness, but from what I've heard, it's "average" by WCHA standards. That should tell folks that haven't seen many WCHA rinks something...
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    ECAC:
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    NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
    WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    While avoiding saying my own rink, I would say, of the ones I have visited, my favorite would have to be Appleton.

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    Re: Best Rinks in college hockey

    This is boring.

    How about a thread on the most average rink? What rink is exactly in the middle of the pack for amenities?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runninwiththedogs View Post
    This is boring.

    How about a thread on the most average rink? What rink is exactly in the middle of the pack for amenities?
    Brown's Meehan Auditorium. Cold, terrible atmosphere, you can't understand the loudspeaker, old bathrooms, but unrivaled sight lines from anywhere in the rink and brand new locker rooms, concession stands, and a foyer that were renovated in 2003. Throw the great and the terrible together, and they even out to extremely "mediocre."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runninwiththedogs View Post
    This is boring.

    How about a thread on the most average rink? What rink is exactly in the middle of the pack for amenities?
    Providence College? Haha. We're actually probably on the lower end.
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