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  • Augustana's formal Hockey annoucement

    More info on the game I have only rudimentary knowledge of,

    Augustana University Formally Announces Addition of Men’s Hockey Program, Breaks Ground on Midco Arena - Augustana University Athletics (goaugie.com)

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    What conference do you see them joining?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Twincitiesmav View Post

      What conference do you see them joining?
      I would sure think either the CCHA or NCHC.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Twincitiesmav View Post

        What conference do you see them joining?
        Cannot say that I know anything about hockey conferences. Hopefully a close one.

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        • #5
          Where on the campus are they building the rink? Will it go just to the north of the soccer field?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tundra_Man View Post
            Where on the campus are they building the rink? Will it go just to the north of the soccer field?
            I could be wrong. Southeast corner of 33rd and grange. there is somr existing buildings on that corner.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AU Vikings View Post

              I would sure think either the CCHA or NCHC.
              Just like the Summit League?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AU Vikings View Post

                I would sure think either the CCHA or NCHC.
                Both currently have 8 members after the WCHA men's league dissolved and UAH and the Alaska's were baked. It will be interesting to see who grabs Augie when you look at the conference maps.

                Arizona State still sits there as an independent. Does the BIG take ASU or one of the other two that you mentioned?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AU Vikings View Post

                  I would sure think either the CCHA or NCHC.
                  If the NCHC invites Augie, I would be more than a little surprised. That conference is too high on itself to take in a brand new hockey school. Basically have the CCHA or independent option at this point.

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                  • #10
                    I am curious as to how many fans they'll draw. Any idea how Sioux Falls Stampede do in the USHL there? ASU has built a monster in the desert but that came from a ton of alumni/investor help. All the best!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Purple Mav Man View Post

                      If the NCHC invites Augie, I would be more than a little surprised. That conference is too high on itself to take in a brand new hockey school. Basically have the CCHA or independent option at this point.
                      Right now, I don't see the CCHA taking them. They are at 8 teams, 9 would be an odd from a scheduling standpoint. Of course the old CHA (BSU and others) used to have five and made it work with the various bye weeks and non-conference games available.

                      ASU, UAH, Alaska, UAA and Robert Morris are all out there as independents right now (UAH, UAA and Robert Morris are taking this year off, Robert Morris may be able to get back into Atlantic Hockey). None of them fit the CCHA footprint to add a team with Augie. Will the CCHA go back against their wanting a smaller footprint for travel purposes to stay at an even number if they decide to take on Augie? Lindenwood outside of St. Louis has been rumored to be making the move from Club to D-I as well.
                      Millsy

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Purple Mav Man View Post

                        If the NCHC invites Augie, I would be more than a little surprised. That conference is too high on itself to take in a brand new hockey school. Basically have the CCHA or independent option at this point.
                        Athlectic director Josh Morton, formally employed at Michigan St. and North Dakota U. Has stated he is in talks with a league and is confidant they will have a league to join. No particular league mentioned.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Millsy View Post
                          Lindenwood outside of St. Louis has been rumored to be making the move from Club to D-I as well.
                          That would make sense since they already have a D1 women's hockey team.

                          I also read that Augie is adding women's lacrosse. Would they play in the K-O?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tundra_Man View Post
                            Where on the campus are they building the rink? Will it go just to the north of the soccer field?
                            Just north of the track and field complex, which is just to the north of the soccer field. .

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Millsy View Post

                              Right now, I don't see the CCHA taking them. They are at 8 teams, 9 would be an odd from a scheduling standpoint. Of course the old CHA (BSU and others) used to have five and made it work with the various bye weeks and non-conference games available.

                              ASU, UAH, Alaska, UAA and Robert Morris are all out there as independents right now (UAH, UAA and Robert Morris are taking this year off, Robert Morris may be able to get back into Atlantic Hockey). None of them fit the CCHA footprint to add a team with Augie. Will the CCHA go back against their wanting a smaller footprint for travel purposes to stay at an even number if they decide to take on Augie? Lindenwood outside of St. Louis has been rumored to be making the move from Club to D-I as well.
                              Agree on the difficulty it may pose having an odd number of teams. Also agree on Lindenwood.

                              Maybe the NCHC takes in Arizona State and casts off one of the regional (non-minnesota) teams???

                              The Alaska schools are kinda F’d being so far from everyone else. It’ll be a tough road for them as independents.

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