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Penn State adds ice hockey program

Penn State has added both men’s and women’s Division I ice hockey to their school’s athletics programs. Both teams will be ready to go for the 2012-13 season. This has been made possible by an $88 million donation to build an ice arena.

Recession? What recession?

All jokes aside, I always think it’s good news when a hockey program or team is dropped into a market that will embrace it. Considering the state of Pennsylvania is home to two teams that have represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals for three straight years, I’d say Penn State will do well with their teams.

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Pharazon's avatar

very cool news, although what it means for the CCHP i don’t know…

you can be sure with Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State now having programs there will be pressure for a Big 10 division, and what that means for the smaller programs in the CCHP like Bowling Green, etc who knows..

good times, but concerning all the same

Posted by Pharazon from England on 09/17/10 at 04:30 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

That’s pretty awesome news.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 09/17/10 at 04:50 PM ET

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Penn State will make 6 of the Big 10 with hockey programs.  Already: Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the CCHA, plus Wisconsin and Minnesota in the WCHA.  There’s already been lots of talk about a Big 10 Hockey conference.  Just google “Big 10 Hockey” if you want to explore the subject.

Posted by BobTheZee on 09/17/10 at 05:02 PM ET

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We’ve seen this coming for years now.  Nebraska’s next, now that they’re on the Big Ten for everything else.  Expect them to make a bid for a D1 hockey program soon.

Iowa might also.

Whether it’s actually Big Ten by name or not, expect a Big Ten hockey conference soon.

This will also help the schools like Alabama-Huntsville, because then they can maybe join another conference once the Powers abandon the CCHA and WCHA.

Oh yeah and to everyone that told me I was stupid for thinking more Big Ten schools would be getting big-time hockey programs:  Who’s stupid now?

Posted by Primis on 09/17/10 at 05:20 PM ET

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The fact the Big 10 has their own TV network makes me think there will eventually be a Big 10 hockey conference in some way. Not sure what this will mean for the CCHA, especially the smaller schools like Ferris St. & Lake Suoerior St.

Posted by mc keeper on 09/17/10 at 06:47 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Go Nittany Lions !

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 09/17/10 at 06:57 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Not sure what this will mean for the CCHA, especially the smaller schools like Ferris St. & Lake Suoerior St.

Posted by mc keeper on 09/17/10 at 04:47 PM ET

Honestly?  Take a look at what happened to CHA.  A conference of what, 5 small programs imploded when one left, so the rest panicked and all fled except Alabama-Huntsville, who couldn’t latch on anywhere else and has to go it Independent now for a while..

The smaller programs need to get their own conference.  It’s great that once every 15 years or so LSSU can ice a contending team, but what about the other 14?  Same for Ferris.  Or look at the WMU Broncos who contend… well, never.

Those teams could go into a conference with Miami OH still, and some of the other stragglers.  Let’s say Liberty finally gets its D1 program, then Alabama Huntsville…

Also, the WCHA can maybe finally break up and maybe.. just maybe… then the Alaska school that dropped can come back with some decreased travel, and there can maybe be a true west coast conference even if they can convince some of the Cali. schools that keep making D1 noises to finally join in.

Honestly, breaking up the CCHA and WCHA could maybe be the best thing to happen to college hockey in the longrun, and it might take a Big Ten hockey conference ot do just that.

And as I’ve said, logic-be-damned Tom Delany DEFINITELY want the feather in his cap to be the first major collegiate conference to have its own hockey schedule.  A point of pride and prestige that none of the other collegiate conferences can even dream of accomplishing.

Posted by Primis on 09/17/10 at 11:55 PM ET

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