Posts Tagged ‘CCHA’
The college hockey season got underway this week with many interesting storylines. The largest: Realignment.
Next season, there will be two new conferences, the Big Ten and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). This is the last season of the CCHA, whose “leftover” teams will merge with those from the WCHA. Notre Dame and Connecticut are leaving their conferences, while Alabama-Huntsville is desperately hoping to save its program by finding a conference to call home.
That mess is still a year away. Here are my predictions for 2012-13 — how each teams will finish in its conference, along with which three teams have a chance to win it. The two independent teams, UAH and Penn State, will have rather difficult seasons and miss the NCAA Tournament.
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If a puck drops in Indiana, does anybody hear it? It’s a question I’ve often wondered this past year.
Last summer I started graduate school in Indianapolis, a place where hockey is almost completely dead. They have a developmental USHL team called the Ice, but most people in town don’t know the team exists or where it plays its games. As much as I enjoyed my program, I felt a longing for hockey and a team to root for while I was living in the state. I searched all over and the closest thing I could find was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team.
Now I had known Notre Dame had a team for years, but I didn’t think they’d be the only team in the state. So to get my fix, I decided to follow them and do some research.