Alabama Huntsville Cuts Hockey

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  1. mk80 Registered User

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    The UAH Chargers have had some uncertainty about their program's future in recent years, both internally and externally with the WCHA coming to an end after this season, today their program met the chopping block.





    And in related news it may not be the only program cut we see:

     
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    I called this back when the "new CCHA" teams announced their intent to leave the WCHA. I knew it would happen. That was, to me, the only logical outcome.

    A sad day for hockey. RIP Chargers.
     
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    One word ... :(

    Even worse ...

     
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    Some NCAA fans have said that there were too many teams. Product had become diluted.

    Still bad news for Alabama hockey fans of course.
     
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    My guess would be the Alaska schools, who have both had internal questions about their future, and face the same situation of losing their conference. Not to mention even tougher travel arrangements than UAH.
     
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    Half jokingly, I can think of a school in New York that could use a coach and an entire team of players. Maybe some refugees end up there if LIU actually starts this fall.
     
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    Sadly, I'd put money on this.
     
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    Who are these? Every NCAA hockey fan I know of (and that is a lot, by the way) always wants more to be added, money, Title IX, etc. be damned.
     
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    I have never heard this from a single person. Everything I have heard written as been the exact opposite and the lack of NCAA DI teams has resulted in the product becoming increasingly good because of the extremely limited number of teams. There are increasingly more NHL-drafted players choosing to play in the NCAA every single season and just as many sought-after free agents signing out of school.

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    In fact, I can't find anywhere any source that has said there are too many teams in NCAA DI hockey or the product has become diluted. In fact, it is the exact opposite. If you care to back up your claim, I would like to see it.
     
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    Not joking at all, Mike Corbett knows how to run a program with no budget and that is the type of coach they would need to get off the ground (assuming they can.) That said, I'd be surprised if he wants to go from one shaky situation to another. Especially in these times, people want job security, and a college hockey team with no money, players, or home ice doesn't exactly seem like a good fit.
     
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    That sucks. As an Alabamian I always rooted for that oddball program.
     
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    Well Don Lucia and the goofs didn't like all those teams that upset him in the tourney getting good players.:sarcasm:
     
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    Yep. Could see this happening a mile away
     
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    They are but done too unfortunately
     
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    Thanks for reminding me of that. It was hilarious to see him try to change the rules because some big, bad, unknown school from Albany that doesn't offer scholarships beat the poor little Goofers.
     
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    Yeah, hate to see places lose their programs, but I think the writing is on the wall.
     
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    Truthfully I can’t believe they have survived this long with their crazy travel schedule and all
     
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    UAH might have survived with the CCHA schedule if it was still in existence (would've consistently been the worst team though), but I suggest that the Alaska Universities would've always suffered long-term considering they had to travel to the midwest America every other weekend. Honestly, they should look at joining the USports BC conference if there is one. Makes much more sense then doing the WCHA schedule.

    Only says Golden Gopher fans lol.
     
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    I think it would be great to see UAA and UAF in a Canadian league.

    BCIHL would be a huge step down in quality even for a team barely making the WCHA playoffs.

    I think Canada West would be a good landing spot for them but there would be huge changes in scholarship structure, eligibility rules, etc. Not to mention, a lot of the roster could/would be likely to transfer to another NCAA team with the discontinuation, on paper at least, of the hockey program in the NCAA's eyes.

    Travel would still be less than in the WCHA obviously but Canada West spans east all the way to Winnipeg which is still over 2000 miles/4000 km from Fairbanks. The good news is that the games not played against other Canada West teams are localish lower level BCIHL/ACAC teams. Occasionally teams will play NCAA teams in exhibitions but those usually come with at least a little monetary incentivization.

    Even if the University Alaska combines athletics into one program, they could pull off hockey in Canada West if U Sports was willing to grant them affiliate membership but that all hinges on if the University/Universities even want to bother.
     
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    It was over on the USCHO Fan Forums a few years ago. Like I said it was some.
     
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    Gopher fans, BC Eagles fans...maybe Michigan fans as well...

    A better question: Who, worth listening to, said that?
     
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    There are more NCAA DI schools that sponsor rowing and women's water polo. The NHL realized this and started the push with sponsored feasibility studies. Too many teams? Certainly not, there isn't anywhere near enough teams.

    NCAA DI hockey has lost more members than it has gained since 2000. The talent pool has exponentially increased in both quality and quantity in recent years because of the increased efficiency of Canadian Junior A and American Tier 1/2 juniors. Look no further than the top 10 or so NCAA DIII teams which are interchangeable with bottom-tier NCAA DI teams as proof of the talent pool having burst at the seams a long time ago, and it is now running over. Increasing numbers of NHL-drafted players choosing the NCAA over major junior, increasing number of college free agents signing NHL contracts and improved facilities to the point where there are less than a dozen schools that play in a rink they don't own or off-campus. The product is too diluted? Certainly not, the product is stronger at this point in history than at any other point.

    Whoever on USCHO boards said either of these things was ludicrously wrong.
     
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    It was fans of one of the more traditionally successful teams. I'll just leave it at that.
     
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    I don't follow NCAA hockey close enough to know if the product has become "diluted". Maybe fans of certain traditional powerhouses see other teams taking top recruits and don't like that.a

    I did counter argue that NCAA expansion would help the sport's popularity. Unlike Canada people in the US tend to really stick with their alumni.
    UNLV, UCLA, Florida or Miami would be great.
     
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    Understandable. Fans of traditional powerhouses do tend to blame everything but the coaching staff, athletic administration and players whenever they stop experiencing success.
     
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