UConn joins Hockey East in 2014

From USCHO.com

Connecticut will leave Atlantic Hockey and join Hockey East for the 2014-15 season, sources have told USCHO on Wednesday.

An official announcement could come Monday.

The Huskies are expected to play some of their home games at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., according to sources. Their on-campus arena, the Freitas Ice Forum, also will get improvements.

Hockey East will play the 2013-14 season with 11 teams after the addition of Notre Dame, then become a 12-team league in 2014-15.

The move is the latest shuffle after last summer’s series of conference realignments that started with the Penn state varsity program starting and the subsequent formations of the Big 10 league and National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Those moves, including Notre Dame joining HE for an odd number of teams, and the collapse of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association set up the UConn move.

Now it will be interesting to see if the Atlantic Hockey Association will give Alabama-Huntsville another look. The Chargers could use the money saved by cutting down to the minimum scholarships to pay for some visitors’ travel costs.

UAH likely prefers the WCHA, which has yet to make a decision on this issue.

 

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2 Responses to UConn joins Hockey East in 2014

  1. Pink Pony says:

    Heard Miami might consider Hockey East? Is this true?

    • I have not heard that.
      Adding Miami would make for a 13-team league, not what HE wants.
      Unfortunately, there are some nWCHA folks out there fantasizing about the NCHC’s collapse so I am not surprised a rumor like that may be floating around. The nWCHA folks should be more worried about fixing their league’s playoffs system instead of worrying about the NCHC.

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