NCAA Hockey 2012-2013: Its the end of the WCHA as we know it!

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  1. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Anti-Semantic

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    Opener is less than three months away!

    Who's excited?!

    I look forward to another strong showing by my Michigan Tech Huskies after a promising year last year and the WCHA coach of the year, rookie coach Mel Pearson coming into a new season.

    I'm distraught by the end of proper hockey conferencing in the name of profits (/CSM) but I look forward to a strong year and hope the competition level stays as high as ever! :clap

    Heres to MTU 2013 NCAA Champs!!!:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1

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  2. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I'm just waiting to hear whether Bjugstad goes pro or not. :patch Haula is in town for the Wild prospect camp. Apparently he weighed in a 189, so he put on a lot of weight this off-season.

    The UMN team had a lot of freshman and sophomores last year, only lost a few players, and should be formidable this year. We'll see. :lurk
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  4. Jurgen

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    I'll go for that.

    After AFA and DU. :deal
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  5. RLK

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    They can do what ever they want in the name of profit. As long as the cheap seats are <$13 and i'm drawing breath i'll want to be there.

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    Lets go crimson!!!!!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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  7. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Bjugstad is coming back!!! Some good quotes in this story about feeling he didn't perform to his potential in the tourney, wanting to finish his degree and try to win a championship.

    :wings


    http://www.gophersports.com/blog/2012/07/bjugstad-lucia-comment-on-bjugstad-staying-at-the-u.html


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  8. Range Motorsport

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    Maybe the new rink will help them win.
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  9. Crocodile Tears

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    Have they redone the Mac further? I've been out of the U.P. for a while now so I dont keep up too well on current events. I did see they are going with some "new" jerseys

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  10. Range Motorsport

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    Well there were new skyboxes added a few years ago and now they just removed the old floor and coolers and replaced them all with new models. It's a whole new floor in the McInnes.
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  11. Range Motorsport

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  13. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Sucks AFA plays CC and DU the same weekend the UNM Lobos travel to play AFA in football. And I have a conflict. :bluduh
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    If you have some extra CC AFA tix, I know a guy... :augie
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    With the NHL lockout, Gopher tickets are going to be fucking impossible to find. :baldy
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    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    no tickets here. :wink:
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  17. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Went to watch MNF with a friend who is a big time Michigan Tech fan last night. Both of us are exiled far from College Hockey. Funny thing is, do to you guys, I knew more what was happening with the WCHA to NCHA than he did. :freaky

    Do you think M-Tech would be a viable add? Or is it to small of arena? Other issues why they didn't take them already? :dunno

    What do you think of Big10 hockey now as its own league?
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  18. Grainbelt

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    I think it was a shitty moneygrab by big schools sick of traveling to Alaska who wanted to schedule more home games at the expense of smaller markets. MN is trying to book some mid-season tournaments, and there will be sort of a local version of a beanpot, but I don't think we'll know for 3-5 years whether it was good or bad. :dunno
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  19. Crocodile Tears

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    The way I figure, it's a tough spot to get to, a small arena (although recent years have seen significant investment in the team / facility), and the team has been down for a long time. For a while now tech has been just who you want if you need to get your team straightened out. Not exactly high end hockey conference material, even though there is a lot of history there. Last year was a bit of a flash with Pearson at the helm, and I'm hoping for continued success.

    Unfortunately, with the WCHA being relegated to secondary conference standing, I think recruiting may be hurt, making that success hard to continue. Time will tell. Tech has a good rep as an engineering school and many of the sports players are there for it just as much as a sport. I guess we'll just have a nerdy hockey team :dunno
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  20. LaPorte 0715

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    There is still one more year of the WCHA and the CCHA as we know it. Also, I am pretty sure that the Alaskan teams must pay for all of the travel expenses of the visiting teams.
    Not looking forward to the added travel next year as I chase my kid around to watch the games in person.
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