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what out of conference series will we still have?
3/24 5:03 PM | IP: Logged
Not sure anyone knows. The Big Ten website doesn't even list ice hockey as a sport yet even though they have already announced ticket sales for the conference tournament next year (yea, it's not about the money, really, it's not).

Conventional wisdom would say 4 games against each conference team, 2 at home and 2 on the road, that would account for 20 games of the season.  That would leave about 12 or 14 non-conference games.  Michigan will probably try to schedule games from the other conferences and I think they might try to include some of the former CCHA teams, especially the Michigan based schools.  I don't think we will know for sure until sometime this summer.

I have included a link with the tournament info if you are interested.

Link: Big Ten tournament info3/24 5:37 PM | IP: Logged
Scheduling is going to be a challenge for BIG. 20 games is a light conference #. Hockey East expanding w/ND is actually reducing conference games to 20 as well. There has been talk of BIG-Hockey East challenge (previously posted here). I would expect some sort of scheduling relationship between the 2 conferences. BTN and NBC will probably play a key role.
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Thanks for the info. 

I'm worried that without the creation of more B1G hockey teams (which won't happen quickly), hockey in the Big Ten is going to take a step backwards compared to where we were. Conference challenges will certainly keep things interesting/competitive for awhile, but how long can the B1G be considered a 3rd tier hockey conference without hurting the participating programs? 

If the Big Ten is serious about college hockey, it needs to add two new schools every 3 or 4 years, and have a plan for those on-deck.

This post was edited on 3/24 6:24 PM by karpodiem

3/24 6:19 PM | IP: Logged
the only reason there is a Big Ten hockey conference is because of a single donor at PSU.  That donor dropped $80 million on PSU to build an arena and move the team to D1.  That's not going to happen at many schools any time fast.  The donor money gets sucked up by football and basketball and that would be even more true at the remaining Big Ten schools.  

I don't think anyone will do anything until they see how that O'Bannon lawsuit plays out and if the NCAA loses that, and quite a few people think they could, then you can probably forget about any school starting a D1 hockey program from scratch.  Hockey is expensive to start and expensive to maintain.

Michigan is probably one of the few, probably Minnesota would be included, that actually make money on their hockey programs.  Wisconsin might and I'm not sure of MSU, but I bet everyone else loses money.
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Originally posted by karpodiem:
Thanks for the info. 

I'm worried that without the creation of more B1G hockey teams (which won't happen quickly), hockey in the Big Ten is going to take a step backwards compared to where we were. Conference challenges will certainly keep things interesting/competitive for awhile, but how long can the B1G be considered a 3rd tier hockey conference without hurting the participating programs? 

If the Big Ten is serious about college hockey, it needs to add two new schools every 3 or 4 years, and have a plan for those on-deck.

This post was edited on 3/24 6:24 PM by karpodiem




I don't know that that will be the case because of the four power teams in the Big Ten -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State. You're still talking about four of the premier schools in the country along with BU, BC and North Dakota. Those four alone have the means to continue to recruit at a high level and stay at the forefront of college hockey regardless of what happens in Hockey East our with the NCHC. 
3/25 10:21 AM | IP: Logged
You also have to create a proportionate number of additional opportunities for women.
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