It's frustrating how obvious this decision is to everyone but the state and AD's. They are comfortable switching up the football conferences every other year, but it seems like it takes an act of congress to even consider reworking the hockey setup.
- Jr. Gold could still exist in Fargo and GF, they would just have to rely on MN and SD tournaments. It would probably look more like a Youth AAA program.
- Travel wouldn't be a big issue for the eastern half of the state as they have MN to pull from. The west is obviously a different story.
- I think you'd almost have to split up the A/AA by enrollment. Maybe there is one or two teams that are on the bubble that would have to declare intentions for x amount of years at a time. If everyone played on a points system and then it was split into a Gold and Silver bracket like they do in the youth state tournaments, you'd end up with programs devaluing the lower bracket.
-It's weird how hockey is the only sport where top end player retention is a big deal. You don't hear about elite basketball players moving from B schools to A schools. Maybe i'm naive and this happens all the time.