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16 minutes ago, fightingsioux4life said:

This bait and switch crap is unacceptable. They promise these kids that they'll pay for their college education if they choose them over the NCAA and when it is time to make good on it, the kids are told "Well, it just doesn't work that way here". This is the best argument for the NCAA over CHL.

ACHA should start allowing CHL alum to play, it'll raise the competition level in their league and give CHL players more options. 

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8 hours ago, AlphaMikeFoxtrot said:

ACHA should start allowing CHL alum to play, it'll raise the competition level in their league and give CHL players more options. 

I think they can.

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Louisville had a meeting to look at adding NCAA D1 hockey. Also sounds like there is a group that is willing to build Louisville a hockey arena.

Louisville can play at KFC Yum! Center where they also play basketball, but have to bring in temporary ice making equipment because their is no permanent system installed.

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2018/07/10/university-louisville-ice-hockey-campus/769693002/

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“I don’t see it happening for quite a while,” Kentucky’s hockey club coach Tim Pergram said Tuesday. “You’d have to have a rink. You’d have to have a conference you play in. It’s very expensive. We don’t have the facilities to have an NCAA scholarship program.”

Now Rupp Arena has ice making ability and has had hockey games there. So Kentucky has an upper hand at starting a hockey program. 

If either Louisville or Kentucky added hockey that would be something the NCHC would explore to add either or both teams to make Miami and Western Michigan happier. This is still a long way from happening so we can just speculate.

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On 7/11/2018 at 9:28 AM, cberkas said:

Louisville had a meeting to look at adding NCAA D1 hockey. Also sounds like there is a group that is willing to build Louisville a hockey arena.

Louisville can play at KFC Yum! Center where they also play basketball, but have to bring in temporary ice making equipment because their is no permanent system installed.

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2018/07/10/university-louisville-ice-hockey-campus/769693002/

Now Rupp Arena has ice making ability and has had hockey games there. So Kentucky has an upper hand at starting a hockey program. 

If either Louisville or Kentucky added hockey that would be something the NCHC would explore to add either or both teams to make Miami and Western Michigan happier. This is still a long way from happening so we can just speculate.

On a NHL board, someone said there was a group that badly wanted an NHL team in Louisville.  College hockey would be much less expensive, even if they have to build an arena.  YUM Arena is way too big for college hockey.

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28 minutes ago, SiouxVolley said:

On a NHL board, someone said there was a group that badly wanted an NHL team in Louisville.  College hockey would be much less expensive, even if they have to build an arena.  YUM Arena is way too big for college hockey.

Great then the NCHC can be just as geographically spread out as the WCHA. I mean don't get me wrong its cool that more schools are interested though I worry about college hockey become too much like college basketball. But still, UND just switched conferences in all the other sports to decrease costs, adding Louisville would only up travel costs for the league as a whole.

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11 hours ago, SiouxVolley said:

On a NHL board, someone said there was a group that badly wanted an NHL team in Louisville.  College hockey would be much less expensive, even if they have to build an arena.  YUM Arena is way too big for college hockey.

KFC YUM! Arena can hold hockey until a smaller arena is built by the group willing to build the school  hockey arena. 

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1 hour ago, cberkas said:

KFC YUM! Arena can hold hockey until a smaller arena is built by the group willing to build the school  hockey arena. 

I am personally opposed to playing hockey in any venue called the KFC Yum! Center.

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15 minutes ago, MafiaMan said:

I am personally opposed to playing hockey in any venue called the KFC Yum! Center.

That’s ok...your eligibility is used up anyway.;)

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Looks like the Louisville hockey group was trying to get a meeting with U of Louisville for six months.  Their old AD Jurich and others had bigger, even criminal cases, to be concerned with.  The Iceland arena complex, where is current club team plays, has had serious money problems due to an embezzlement case.

http://www.wave3.com/story/37527462/goal-oriented-uofl-ice-hockey-aims-to-reach-division-i-status

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13 hours ago, cberkas said:

KFC YUM! Arena can hold hockey until a smaller arena is built by the group willing to build the school  hockey arena. 

Schottenstein is a mighty vacant arena with tons of personality during Ohio St games.  Columbus fans can’t get enough.

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Cal State Bakersfield is starting an ACHA Div 2 team.  Bakersfield has an AHL team that has an average attendance of over 5000.  The club team will play in the same arena as the AHL team, Rabobank Arena.

http://www.bakersfield.com/sports/new-csub-club-ice-hockey-team-a-natural-progression/article_48763958-8635-11e8-9201-23338f3fbde7.html

Bakersfield could be an outside shot of starting college hockey, especially if they get to play PAC12 teams.  Bake doesn’t have football, so it is one of those schools outside of the P5 where it is more financially feasible, especially with a useable and available rink.

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