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    Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    According to USCHO.com Penn State will be adding NCAA Division I men's ice hockey, with the announcement coming tomorrow.

    This is perhaps the most significant thing to happen to college hockey in the last decade. It will become the second largest school to offer hockey as a varsity sport. Why bring this up here?

    Well... just like ISU, Penn State has had an extremely successful and popular hockey team in the ACHA. However, perhaps unlike ISU, they have a SINGLE donor that is fronting all of the cash, totaling between 80-90 million clams. That will fund a new arena and endowed scholarships.

    According to the article they might start play NEXT YEAR in its 1500-seat ice arena that currently houses the ACHA team. They would play there until a 4-6,000-seat arena is constructed thanks to this gift. I don't know if its a great idea to start immediately.

    So there ya go, if ISU is ever going to add hockey, which I'd love to see, its going to cost a lot of money. I would guess it would be slightly south of 80 shmil, but not by much. Now we know, I guess.

    If anything, this will be a tremendous case study which I could expand on, but won't for the sake of brevity at this point.


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Also just found out that with the addition of Penn State, the sixth Big Ten school to add hockey, the conference itself will make hockey a B10 sport. Odds are, Illinois and Indiana (both of which play in ISU's current CSCHL conference) will be the next to add the sport. That's only speculation at this point, but extremely possible.

    The reason? The Big 10 Network wants hockey. That's how powerful the thing has become.

    Why this is important to talk about? If the Big 10 hockey conference forms, the current NCAA hockey conferences (WCHA, CCHA) will more than likely need big-name school replacements. Schools from "BCS" conference are the most attractive to add. Name recognition will be minimal in the WCHA and CCHA. That said, a lot of name schools likely won't add hockey to play St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato and Northern Michigan University. Very interesting developments in the last 24 hours on the hockey front.

    I can't wait to see how it shakes out.


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    I doubt Hilton's refrigeration equipment will be in any shape to host hockey games after the flood last August. Why not have home ice at 'The Well' if ISU hockey goes varsity? Would save millions in building a new arena, plus Polk County could have a stable hockey team to feature there. Just thoughts on my part, no expectations.


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthCyder View Post
    According to USCHO.com Penn State will be adding NCAA Division I men's ice hockey, with the announcement coming tomorrow.

    This is perhaps the most significant thing to happen to college hockey in the last decade. It will become the second largest school to offer hockey as a varsity sport. Why bring this up here?

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...ce-hockey.html



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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    First Cael, now beating us to DI hockey status.... I'm down on this one. I've always wanted ISU to go DI in hockey. I know it's a dream but hurts to see someone else do it.



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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    I would not suggest Hilton as a viable option. I think a new rink would have to be built. I'd love the Well if it was closer. I know Des Moines is not far, but if you have a University sport, its got to be on that University's campus to make it worth while.

    I'm watching Penn States presser on the subject now. They will start play in 2012-13 and will have both men's and women's hockey. They will also have college figure skating, which I did not know existed.

    This is truly exciting for anyone that's ever followed club hockey. Penn State is one of the all-time greats and the fact that they will become a varsity sport is quite historic. I can't wait to watch it grow. There's no doubt it will be a huge success at that campus.


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthCyder View Post
    They will also have college figure skating, which I did not know existed.
    It's easy to guarantee a national championship if you're the only school fielding a team!


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Sorry about that Tornado man... Haven't been on the site in a while.

    Either way, its official now. The plans are available for anyone to see.

    Here is the official announcement.

    Penn State University Official Athletic Site - Ice Hockey


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    I'd LOVE to see ISU hockey go to d1. I cheer for them no matter what, but as a huge hockey fan it wold make it even better.



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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthCyder View Post
    Sorry about that Tornado man... Haven't been on the site in a while.

    Either way, its official now. The plans are available for anyone to see.

    Here is the official announcement.

    Penn State University Official Athletic Site - Ice Hockey

    No problem, I just linked last month's thread to add to the discussion.
    I'm very jealous of Penn State. It certainly underlines the finances it takes to start up a sport like ice hockey, and that even a rich program like PSU needs to big donor to do something like this



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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    No problem, I just linked last month's thread to add to the discussion.
    I'm very jealous of Penn State. It certainly underlines the finances it takes to start up a sport like ice hockey, and that even a rich program like PSU needs to big donor to do something like this
    Indeed. The information coming out of the official announcement is a big wake-up call to the cost. Now, PSU is really going all out here. They literally had one person buy them a hockey team. I don't think other programs at smaller universities would be as expensive, but it would be incredibly close to that 80 million number to start from the ground up.

    Best thing I took out of the press conference is that PSU expects its hockey team to be a revenue sport. I honestly believe its possible. They will likely sell out a good majority of their games. Hockey is blowing up in Pennsylvania.

    That's a very important question, would it make money for a school like Iowa State? Hard to tell.


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    Re: Penn State to Add Division I Men's Ice Hockey

    Just a tidbit in this Wall Street Journal story, but not enough to merit a new thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703493504576007943138317876.html
    Paul Kelly, the president of College Hockey Inc., the year-old marketing arm of NCAA hockey, estimated that up to five more schools may upgrade their club-hockey teams to varsity status in the next few years.


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