Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Big Ten Hockey?


Before delving into details of the newest University of Wisconsin men's hockey schedule, circumstances almost beg that we first look further down the road.
The schedule for 2012-13 will be the last for UW in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association before the new Big Ten Conference makes its debut in 2013-14.
In addition to playing their final set of WCHA games, the Badgers will be expected to accommodate as many future Big Ten opponents as possible.
That includes Penn State, which is scheduled to play its inaugural season in NCAA Division I in 2012-13, as well as Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, which are leaving the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to join the Big Ten for hockey.
Of course, Minnesota, which will join the Big Ten after being a member of the WCHA since 1959-60, will be on the schedule.
UW coach Mike Eaves acknowledged those new priorities exist but said his scheduling canvas for 2012-13 has a ton of white space.
Let's hope that Bucky can make the adjustment.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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