August 29th, 2011
by goon

150px pxImage via WikipediaAs the WCHA has extended five CCHA teams invitations to join the WCHA and with the CCHA ceasing to exist after the 2013-2014 season it would appear that the UAH administration is entertaining ideas of dropping their Divsion I hockey program or dropping it down to the club level.

Mark McCarter, The Huntsville TimesUAH hockey has become, by all accounts, an endangered species as you try to erase all the red ink on your ledgers.

At first blush, it’d be an easy thing to do. Drop intercollegiate hockey. Go to club level. Take the heat and hand over the keys to your successor and head back to Tuscaloosa.

It’s time to do the hard thing.

It’s time to do the right thing.

It’s time to commit to save UAH hockey.

We’ve been told for the last two years that a conference affiliation would save the program. The college hockey buzz says the opportunity is there again. But, rightfully so, a conference needs to see your own commitment. Show it, and show it strongly.

Somebody wants you in the club. Join it.

UAH hockey has been kept alive through private funding through the years, and there’s a groundswell of boosters ready with big-time commitments with a lot of zeroes at the end.

Listen to them. Work with them. Give them a price tag.

A program on the “brink”

There are some major problems facing the UAH hockey program and their survivability, first off the UAH Chargers have been on the outside looking in since the CHA disbanded after the 2009-2010 season. The WCHA picked up (or poached depending on how you see this) BSU and UNO but UAH was left on the outside looking in after the CCHA failed to pick up the UAH Chargers.

With the major realignment taking place in college hockey this summer it appears that the CCHA would again be a logical solution to the UAH conference problem since the CCHA would be losing B1G members Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State University and NCHC member Miami and Notre Dame, that train of thought is no longer a viable option as the WCHA extended invitations to the five of the Six remaining CCHA schools. The CCHA will cease to exist after the 2012-2013 season.

As it currently stands there have been no invitations extended to the UAH Chargers to join an existing conference, nor does it look like the Chargers will be extended an invitation for membership into an existing conference. That’s not to say that the WCHA won’t extend them an invitation in the future, I suppose there is still a possibility of that happening if BGSU and WMU were to go to the NCHC. None of us are privy to those conversations so it’s hard to say. With UAF and UAA being in the same conference the WCHA cannot use travel expenses as a reason to not allow UAH a place in the WCHA. What happens from here on out is anyone guess.

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