Bad research on my part. I looked at the Penn State schedule and saw no Big Ten teams. Assumed that meant there were no other Big Ten women's ice hockey programs.Actually, there are four: Minnesota and Wisconsin are currently ranked #1 and #2 nationally, respectively. Ohio State and Penn State are the other two. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), there are no NCAA Div. I women's hockey programs in the state of Michigan.
Everything is waiting on a announcement one way or other. I'll be surprised if it doesn't happen. As for the addition of a Women's sport, nothing official, but if I were a betting man, I would put my money on W. Lacrosse. Hopefully we will know the answer to both in a couple months.My work time break to read Loyalty is time-limited for sure, so apologize for asking something covered in this thread: the plans for the downtown arena are still 100% on, correct? If so, I have to imagine the push for hockey will ultimately be successful.
One of the major players in the arena is the local Mass Transit District and they missed out on the grant money this year. Hopefully next?My work time break to read Loyalty is time-limited for sure, so apologize for asking something covered in this thread: the plans for the downtown arena are still 100% on, correct? If so, I have to imagine the push for hockey will ultimately be successful.
It will come to pass, shield or no shield. Seems that the major $$ people for hockey have backgrounds from other (read rival) schools.Another important reminder that, if hockey comes to pass, it will be the most urgent moment in the illustrious history of #TeamShield.
[runs to rooftop, blasts Shield signal into night sky]
Seems that the major $$ people for hockey have backgrounds from other (read rival) schools.
You are correct, there will be some strange bedfellows. It just takes some time to get them to pony up to what can be seen as a rival school.Lol, really?
That's interesting, because two things have been obvious throughout this process:
1. The DIA does not have the money to make this happen
2. A variety of very powerful and moneyed interests really, really would like for Illinois to put a college hockey team in the state and be the 8th Big Ten team, playing at this mooted downtown facility
The incentives are there for a deal to happen, strange as some of the bedfellows might be
As Dan and photog pointed out, there are a lot of property owners in downtown Champaign, not to mention the city itself, acting like this thing is a go.