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The college hockey super-conference has arrived

Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:58 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

In Friday's Daily Skate we passed along the news that a college hockey super-conference could be in the works involving six of the top programs in the country: North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado College, Denver, Miami (Ohio) and Nebraska-Omaha. The athletic directors from the six schools released a joint statement on Saturday officially announcing the new league which will begin play during the 2013-14 season.

Below is the announcement:
We are pleased to announce that six top NCAA Division I ice hockey programs will become founding members of a newly formed hockey conference, which will begin competition for the 2013-14 season. The six institutions are Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota.
 
We understand and appreciate the widespread interest in developments relating to the formation of the new hockey conference. More information will be provided about the initiatives that have been undertaken, as well as the next steps involved, at a news conference in Colorado Springs this Wednesday, July 13. Our programs look forward to continued associations with our current leagues, the WCHA and CCHA, for the next two seasons.
 
Additional information about Wednesday’s news conference will be forthcoming in the next few days. There will be no further comment from athletic directors, coaches or other officials from any of the institutions until Wednesday’s news conference.
The new league, along with the formation of the hockey version of the Big Ten, certainly has its share of critics and concerns for the long-term well being of college hockey. In the short-term, it leaves the remaining teams in the WCHA and CCHA (the conferences the six aforementioned teams have left) hanging in limbo. A five-team conference (which they are set to become once the dust settles) doesn't get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament (six is the requirement) which has led to speculation that the two conferences could merge to form a massive 10-team league, which would essentially be a quantity over quality deal. 

The CCHA already had a conference call on Friday morning to discuss meeting with the WCHA according to the Fairbanks Daily News.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:52 pm
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

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Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:17 am
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

Yes, U of Minn has been uncharacteristically poor the past 4 seasons, following back-to-back WCHA 1st place finishes, not quite the claimed 10 years, although their back-to-back national championships are 9 and 10 years ago now. Hardly irrelevant. But that's opinion and beside the point. I think the Big 10 thing is BS, but 10 years from now it will probably seem trivial. Changes like this usually seem drastic and bad when they happen, but down the road no one cares anymore. It'll still be hockey.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:36 pm
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

If Im not mistaken hasn't Minnesota won a nat'l title in the last couple of years also???  I think you 've got it backwards, this "new" conferance seams to me to be a pub. move, more style over substance. 
you are mistaken, Minnesota hasnt won it or really even been relevent for about 10 years. Minnesota Duluth took it home ast year and theyre now in the quality over quantity conference.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:33 pm
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

definitely a concentrated group of powerhouses here.  which leads to one simple question, why is nebraska-omaha involved?




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:58 am
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

You read that wrong. The quantity over quality comment is for Lake State, Bemidji, Mankato, Northern Michigan, Mich Tech, the Alaska's......
Why are Big 10 people so ultra defensive?  



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:14 am
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

(six is the requirement) which that the two conferences could merge to form a massive 10-team league, which would essentially be a quantity over quality deal. 

 Really, quantity over quality??? well, just with Michigan and Michigan State there are how many conf. and nat'l titles?? how many pro pleyers from those two programs alone? If Im not mistaken hasn't Minnesota won a nat'l title in the last couple of years also???  I think you 've got it backwards, this "new" conferance seams to me to be a pub. move, more style over substance. 



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:41 pm
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

Here are two different lines of thinking of why they want to leave the WCHA.

Grand Forks Herald columnist Brad Schlossman
You will probably hear athletic directors use the “like-minded schools” line at Wednesday’s press conference in discussing why this new league is happening.

While administrators may not expand on that line, a source told the Herald that when business was conducted in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, there were often times two blocks of voting.

The schools with larger budgets typically wanted to spend money, invest and try new things. Schools with smaller budgets often resisted.

With Minnesota and Wisconsin departing for the Big Ten Hockey Conference, the smaller-budget schools take over control of the voting block. This caused athletic directors with larger budgets to worry about the future of the conference.



Wisconsin State Journal columnist Andy Baggot wrote this week: “The idea that Denver, Colorado College, North Dakota and defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth would prefer to start their own brand instead of sticking with one that’s been around since 1959 — claiming 37 national titles in the process — is a clear indictment of the WCHA and the suspect management style of its commissioner, Bruce McLeod.”

It is unclear whether the departing schools tried to get a change in leadership in the WCHA before leaving, but there obviously will be new hierarchy in front of them in two years.

The term Super Conference is a media generated term and I none of the schools involved have used the term in any of their releases.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 1:18 pm
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

It sure seems like CC, UD, UMD, UNO, and UND are giving a giant middle finger to rest of the WCHA. Why not keep the WCHA as is: even without Minnesota and Wisconsin, they still have 10 teams.



Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2011 10:42 am
 

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

I fail to see how this is a super conference any more than the WCHA was. Since they formed in 1951  a WCHA team has won the NCAA hockey championship or been the runner up 64 times. If that isn't a super conference what is.


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