bigbean24

2012 Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tourney

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Call it me, but I find that college hockey offers a much better fan experience than the AHL if for no other reason than the relative lack of annoying promotional announcements during every stoppage of play.

I always had a blast going to the games I went to.

Its definitely a niche following, but the major colleges (Minnesota, Boston College/University, Michigan, Maine) all have very solid fanbases. Its also do in part to the fact that the best colleges in the country are pretty compacted and the conferences as well are also very compacted so you have great regional rivalries. And some of the schools that are dominant like Vermont and Denver are not really good at any other sport. So at some of these schools hockey is the sport to follow.

I know with Hockey East you would see a top 25 team visit almost every night. I would imagine its much the same with the WCHA.

It is a ton of fun if you happen to be going to one of these schools.

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U of Alabama, Huntsville is hosting the frozen four at Tampa? Or are they just hosting a Region? You weren't very clear.

It's pretty cool that it's in Tampa, though. Maybe one of these days, the frozen four can find it's way to either the Honda Center or Staples Center. That would be pretty cool. All we have here is division 2 college hockey (I believe it's D-2). USC, UCLA and a bunch of area colleges have teams, but they're club teams...

:blink: "All we have here is division 2 college hockey (I believe it's D-2)." "but they're club teams" You know they're club but you think they're NCAA D2? I think why you might be confused is that the ACHA has 3 divisions.

Yeah, I don't really follow college hockey, if you haven't noticed.

.... I meant D-2 ACHA.

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Well, maybe that wasn't a very timely post, seeing as we're in the midst of the worst NHL season since 2004, but college hockey is still way too clutchy-grabby for me. But why wouldn't it be? The best prospects are in major-junior and/or the US development team, or in Europe. I mean, if there are sixty teams in the top developmental league, and you're not on any of them, you're not really on the fast track. It's like college baseball, if college hockey sticks made a comical noise on slapshots.

The USNTDP is U17 and U18 so it's kids that wouldn't be in college yet anyway. That part of your point is invalid. College hockey has it's fair share of drafted prospects come through the ranks. Not to sound rude, but this post just sounds ignorant.

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Call it me, but I find that college hockey offers a much better fan experience than the AHL if for no other reason than the relative lack of annoying promotional announcements during every stoppage of play.

I always had a blast going to the games I went to.

Its definitely a niche following, but the major colleges (Minnesota, Boston College/University, Michigan, Maine) all have very solid fanbases. Its also do in part to the fact that the best colleges in the country are pretty compacted and the conferences as well are also very compacted so you have great regional rivalries. And some of the schools that are dominant like Vermont and Denver are not really good at any other sport. So at some of these schools hockey is the sport to follow.

I know with Hockey East you would see a top 25 team visit almost every night. I would imagine its much the same with the WCHA.

It is a ton of fun if you happen to be going to one of these schools.

This... and in what other sport would a Michigan Tech or Minnesota-Duluth have a realistic shot at beating a Wisconsin or Minnesota?

You're right about the WCHA too, except it'll be a shell of its former self next year when the Big Ten adds hockey and the rest of the traditional powerhouses (North Dakota, Denver, Colorado College, etc.) move to the new NCHA. The upside of this for me is that the WCHA and some of the Badgers program's financial supporters who aren't happy with this decision are now prodding Milwaukee to add hockey since there's a huge college hockey following in Wisconsin (every Frozen Four match thats ever been played at the Bradley Center has sold out) that the WCHA doesn't want to miss out on.

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Hope John Gaudreau and his Boston College Eagles have a long, successful tournament.

Don't think there is any media coverage here in Canada though.

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Can't wait for a couple weekends from now... gonna be a blast down in Tampa!

Any other Creamerites going?

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...there's a huge college hockey following in Wisconsin (every Frozen Four match thats ever been played at the Bradley Center has sold out) that the WCHA doesn't want to miss out on.

No offense, but every Frozen Four since '00 (excluding Detroit two years ago, but come on, the got 35,000 per game) has been a sell out (including "hockey Mad" Columbus, OH, St. Louis, and Washington, DC). You'd do better touting UW's nation leading attendance than touting local Frozen Four attendance.

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Can't wait for a couple weekends from now... gonna be a blast down in Tampa!

Any other Creamerites going?

I thought about it but have plans that weekend.

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I would love to see it come to Newark one day.

I know I'm late to this, but I would love a Frozen Four in Newark. The annual BU-Cornell game at the Garden sells out and there's plenty of B10 alumni in the city that would come out to see their teams. Plus I'm sure they can get Army or Princeton to be the host school for it considering they've got hockey programs, though Seton Hall could too with Navy hosting that one in DC

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Does anyone know of a site that will be streaming the games tomorrow? Really no coverage here in Canada, but I'd be interested in watching pretty much all the games tomorrow.

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I'll be attending all three games.

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Does anyone know of a site that will be streaming the games tomorrow? Really no coverage here in Canada, but I'd be interested in watching pretty much all the games tomorrow.

This is kind of late because the first game is in an hour, but all of today's games (and probably every game of the tournament) will be streaming on espn3.

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Does anyone know of a site that will be streaming the games tomorrow? Really no coverage here in Canada, but I'd be interested in watching pretty much all the games tomorrow.

This is kind of late because the first game is in an hour, but all of today's games (and probably every game of the tournament) will be streaming on espn3.

Sadly. ESPN3 can't be used by Canadians.

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Does anyone know of a site that will be streaming the games tomorrow? Really no coverage here in Canada, but I'd be interested in watching pretty much all the games tomorrow.

This is kind of late because the first game is in an hour, but all of today's games (and probably every game of the tournament) will be streaming on espn3.

Sadly. ESPN3 can't be used by Canadians.

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Well, Union did well in the first game in Bridgeport (BTW, the missed goal for Michigan State was a bogus call) and if you are a Miami of Ohio fan, you may want to find a place to hide as UMass Lowell is beating them down.

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Well, Union did well in the first game in Bridgeport (BTW, the missed goal for Michigan State was a bogus call) and if you are a Miami of Ohio fan, you may want to find a place to hide as UMass Lowell is beating them down.

Ugh, despite being a product of the UMass system, I still can't stand Lowell.

I understand I'm in a college hockey hotbed, but it's got a rather nice following around here. NESN carries Hockey East every weekend so you get a good feel for the teams. Not too familiar with anyone west of Amherst they get very little coverage here. I guess the way you make a college hockey popularity argument depends strongly on location.

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/Puts on ESPNU

//UMass Lowell-Miami game is still on

///Sees Cornell score on bottom right hand corner

////Puts back on basketball

Sigh... guess it's looking like a traditional "Cornell loses 7-2 in the NCAA Tournament" type of game

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/Puts on ESPNU

//UMass Lowell-Miami game is still on

///Sees Cornell score on bottom right hand corner

////Puts back on basketball

Sigh... guess it's looking like a traditional "Cornell loses 7-2 in the NCAA Tournament" type of game

I'd put back on the UML-Miami game, Dougie Carr is putting on an absolute clinic in net right now.

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/Puts on ESPNU

//UMass Lowell-Miami game is still on

///Sees Cornell score on bottom right hand corner

////Puts back on basketball

Sigh... guess it's looking like a traditional "Cornell loses 7-2 in the NCAA Tournament" type of game

Disregard this entire post :P

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I'm down with seeing Lowell or Union in Tampa!

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How much are tickets to this? I don't have a lot of interest in hockey (although I have attended Bolts games), but does the sport usually follow others- meaning, the college games are usually better than the professional ones? Thinking about attending since I'm only a couple minutes from TBT Forum.

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Cornell won? Oh well, any time Michigan loses in any sport it's worth being happy about. :)

As for today, the Northeast and West regionals begin while in the East Regional final, it's Union against UMass-Lowell (I personally want UML to win for no other reason then the fact that I like their logo) and in the Midwest it's Ferris State against Cornell.

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North Dakota beats Western Michigan. :grin:

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Don't forget people there's a CCSLCer who is playing in this tournament and is a Hobey finalist. ... Even though he hasn't been active in the past couple of years.

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