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  1. Thanks for your thoughts. Always good to read what you have to say. This feels more like a temporary step back than a long-term stagnation of college hockey out west. The immediate catalyst, of course, being the budget crisis in Alaska. If I were the AD at any of the 7 departing schools, and two of the teams said they were moving to tiny arenas that are inadequate for modern D-1 hockey, I would have kicked them out (aka leave the WCHA). UAH's non-inclusion feels more fixable, as in a way to put external pressure in support of UAH proposals to their governance in Alabama. It was only 20 years ago that Mankato became a full-fledged member of the WCHA, and there's been a steady increase in D-1 teams out west, going back to Omaha and Bemidji as well. And there are certainly other good candidates, starting with natural rivals of Arizona State: UA and UNLV. I disagree with "the NCHC has a fear of others bringing them down". The record indicates "sick of being dragged down by other schools that disagreed with their views of how to move forward." (Read Schlossman's excellent series on the history of the formation of the NCHC, including the part about expletive ridden tirades and the failure to replace a failing Commissioner.) Edit: https://www.grandforksherald.com/sports/4512561-nchc-series-part-1-how-nchc-was-formed
  2. My favorite statistic of the draft so far is that the 9 first-round draft choices heading the NCAA route are all going to schools that did not make the NCAA tournament last year.
  3. No to mention their Peay-K.
  4. But the rankings were probably set before Shaw said he was leaving, so there's that.
  5. Which makes them the equivalent of a division winner. Yeah, they are cursed.
  6. Game 7 overtime tonight showcasing incredible skill, creativity and teamwork. Fabulous hockey.
  7. Splitting 18 scholarships among 25 players is hard enough. Splitting 18 scholarships among 28 players would be even harder.
  8. Let's hope UND gets placed SOMEWHERE in 2020! No really. I'll settle for anywhere. Seriously. Anywhere.
  9. I'd like to see the search cast a wide net this time, beyond people that are already close friends or alumni. I'd like the net cast wide, in the same way we search for on ice talent who wants to play at a premiere program, coaching hires should be "best available". Here's hoping there's been a lot of behind the scenes work over the past couple years, that can be leveraged now that there's an opening.
  10. Hmmm.... If you are the part of UND that likes Kennedy, you probably say positive things about him. If you are the part of UND that dislikes Kennedy, you probably say positive things about him.
  11. Yeah he is good. Of course, Duluth's defense didn't let him cruise in alone down the slot like Calgary did.
  12. Crazy to think UMD finished the NCHC regular season with 5 wins and 5 losses in their last 10 games.
  13. Brock Nelson with the GWG. His wrister is deadly coming down the ice on a 2x1.
  14. Does Atlantic Hockey Association continue to progress toward competitive equity with ECAC and Hockey East? Ever since they raised their scholarship max to 18, their winning percentage in non conference continues to move up (slowly).
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