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    National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    Powerhouse Programs Form New College Hockey League | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather | Local News

    NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth and five other top hockey programs will make up the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference at the start of the 2013-14 season, the schools announced Wednesday.

    Minnesota Duluth, Colorado College, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will join current Central Collegiate Hockey Association member Miami of Ohio in the new league.

    The upstart conference hopes to also add Notre Dame, but an agreement with the Fighting Irish hasn't been made yet.
    Could this be a opportunity for cyclone hockey to advance?



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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    Doubtful - wouldn't this still be considered an NCAA-sanctioned league? ISU hockey is still at club status, and JP has said that (unfortunately, due to $$$ reasons) ISU won't be making the jump to NCAA level anytime soon.


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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    Could this be a opportunity for cyclone hockey to advance?
    They're so cute at that age.



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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    Not likely unless you're a mega-millionaire, or billionaire willing to pay the AD to bring the hockey team to varsity status.


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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    If somebody just wants to write an $88 million check like Penn state got from a donor I am sure we will go into the NCAA.



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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    This is a direct reaction to the Big Ten starting its own hockey league up in 2013-2014. Minnesota-Duluth & North Dakota were especially worried that they were losing Minnesota & Wisconsin to the Big Ten.

    More importantly, the schools left behind by Minny & UW know damn well that the BTN plans on pimping college hockey on the network - that obviously creates a major problem for the schools who aren't on TV because it grants the Big Ten schools a Major recruiting advantage and could shift the hockey power away from smaller, traditional hockey powers like Minnesota-Duluth & North Dakota.

    I'd be willing to bet this move was made specifically to try to seal up a TV deal.



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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    ISU hockey being D1 would be interesting...I wonder how much student support there would be. It's very different playing at a U of Mn, where thousands can watch you play, vs. the several hundred at the City of Ames Ice Arena


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    Re: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    ISU hockey being D1 would be interesting...I wonder how much student support there would be. It's very different playing at a U of Mn, where thousands can watch you play, vs. the several hundred at the City of Ames Ice Arena
    Pathetic, just like every other non-revenue sport. You have to give away t-shirts or something to get students to care.



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