Thursday, January 15, 2009

Step 1 for Bemidji

The ten teams in the WCHA today voted to lift the WCHA's moratorium on league expansion.

This was the first step towards getting Bemidji State out of the dying CHA and into the WCHA. Now that the expansion moratorium has been lifted, teams can apply for conference membership until March 31st of this year, and a final vote will take place during this spring at the conference coaches' meeting.

The Bemidji Pioneer ran an editorial on BSU's credentials.

12 comments:

Chuck Schwartz said...

Great news for Bemidji and college hockey as a whole. I don't think there is any way the WCHA is just going to sit there and watch that program die. Now if we can convince UNO to apply for the WCHA everything will be great.

Anonymous said...

UNO? I'd say the best thing for the wcha would be to add bsu and air force, which would create an opening in atlantic hockey for another low caliber cha team on top of keeping high levels of competition

gofalcons said...

Chuck -

That would make room in the CCHA for one of the teams (preferably Niagara) and the other two CHA-ers can join up with one or two of the eastern conferences.

Not a bad solution to the CHA problem.

Chuck Schwartz said...

Air Force has publicly stated that they won't apply for admission and want to stay in Atlantic Hockey. They would never leave Army, especially if Navy is serious about getting that program started. Like Go Falcons said, the best scenario is to let UNO and Bemidji in the WCHA, and let one of the other 3 in the CCHA, and the other two go to atlantic hockey.

Donald Dunlop said...

NMU would be a better fit. Add to that that there has been talk in Marquette about coming back to the WCHA and as far as I can tell UNO is happy in the CCHA.

Having 11 teams wouldn't be an ugly issue if the league mandated schedule were reduced. The extra non-conference games would be excellent for the majority of existing WCHA schools.

Anonymous said...

great news for hockey

Anonymous said...

If Bemidji gets in the WCHA, does that mean we can kick out the Sue?

Anonymous said...

How about just an 11 team conference.

I seriously doubt that Nebraska Ohama would want to join the WCHA, and I bet other teams wouldn't want to travel there either. Maybe Alaska Anchorage could drop out?

Is Northern Michigan a possibility?

Brad Johnson said...

You certainly can tell when a certain team (I won't name names), no matter the conference or sport, has been beating up on its competition for several years. The way you can tell for sure is that it comes up consistently, even when it isn't the topic of discussion. You certainly don't see the vitriol for teams that have been up and down, mediocre, or just plain crappy over the same time. As I have said before, just admit defeat and hope that the next time your team has a chance to beat unnamed team that your team can do it, otherwise shut your piehole and stop worrying about us kicking your a$$. Aw, what the heck, all of you know who I'm talking about. Go Sioux!

Anonymous said...

The longtime fans in Marquette would probably welcome a change but it is unlikely. As stated before, NMU uses the CCHA as a student recruitment tool below the Mackinaw Bridge. However, NMU has been recruiting students heavily in Wisconsin and Illinois recently.

I know that I enjoy the CCHA and the only reason I would welcome a switch would be for the conference finals in St. Paul rather than Detroit!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah it might be a rough weekend or it might be the Siouxage being a bunch of unchecked goons who flip off refs, slash mascots, and do their best to provoke fights in almost every series. Or maybe it's their halo-wearing fans who think they're tough guys but are really just Internet pu$$ies who love to run their mouths.

Brad Johnson said...

I'm not sure who anonymous might be that posted at 10:14, but it is quite evident that he/she might need a laxative to get out whatever it is that is bothering his/her rear end. Resorting to name calling is the first clue that said poster has no reasoned, thought-out, or researched argument to support the post. So instead of, as you say posting like a pu$$y, why don't you come up with something to support your team or at least something humorous or sarcastic, so we can all get a good laugh, or just shut your yap!