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    New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    Hope I'm not throwing anybody off with the headline, and I hope this hasn't already been talked about, but I was wondering with the forming of the B1G conference in hockey, has there been mention of Iowa jumping into the league and forming a team, or any other B1G team besides Penn State?

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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    Quote Originally Posted by HwkFn4Life View Post
    Hope I'm not throwing anybody off with the headline, and I hope this hasn't already been talked about, but I was wondering with the forming of the B1G conference in hockey, has there been mention of Iowa jumping into the league and forming a team, or any other B1G team besides Penn State?
    We'd have to form a men and women's team to do it.

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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    I don't know about women's hockey, but I know there's a hockey club here, so I'm sure they could pull off a men's team easily.
    HawkeyeRyno's yearly assessment of Fran's recruiting:

    Really? Because judging by how many of Fran's top targets have committed elsewhere so far and Iowa has no commitments I'd say recruiting trail has been a struggle so far for Fran for the [insert current recruiting year] class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tm3308 View Post
    I don't know about women's hockey, but I know there's a hockey club here, so I'm sure they could pull off a men's team easily.
    I don't think Iowa's club team could compete with some of the Big Ten teams.

    Mich, Mich State, Wisco, Minn.. those are all MAJOR college programs.

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    Not to mention, they play in the mall.

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    No way Iowa the Iowa club team competes as a D1. They are more D2 or D3 level. In the land of title whatever if you ad a mens scholarship program you either need to cut another men's program of equal scholarships or you need to add the same number of women's schollies to balance the men's you add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinCitiesHawk View Post
    Not to mention, they play in the mall.
    They play some games in the CR Ice arena.

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    For this to happen, we'd need a HUGE donation to get a men's and women's program jump started, ala Penn St. We'd need a 3,000 to 5,000 seat ice arena with a practice facility. That's gonna take some major cash.

    That being said, we are sitting smack dab in the middle of a hockey recruiting hotbed. The USHL, which is the only Tier 1 junior hockey league in the US, has 6 teams located in Iowa. No other state has more than 1. That would be a HUGE recruiting advantage for Iowa, if we could get a coach who could take advantage of this.

    As an avid hockey fan, I would thrilled if Iowa would start a hockey program. I also believe, given time, it would be a pretty hot ticket in Iowa City. However, hockey is an expensive sport, and unless some boosters plunk down some huge coin to start a program, Iowa getting a division 1 hockey program isn't likely to happen.

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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    Quote Originally Posted by DuffMan View Post
    We'd have to form a men and women's team to do it.
    A coed team. I like.

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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    here's the Iowa Hawkeye website:

    University of Iowa


    They have DII and DIII teams. The DIII started 10-0 and ranked #13 before dropping last 2 games to Marquette. They play teams like IL St, MO St, Northwestern, NIU and ISU.

    DII has only won 2 games and plays Illinois, Kansas, MN Gophers, MO, NIU. I'm assuming the MN team is not the A squad that competes in B10, but the B-C team or something.
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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    Quote Originally Posted by DBorwig316 View Post
    For this to happen, we'd need a HUGE donation to get a men's and women's program jump started, ala Penn St. We'd need a 3,000 to 5,000 seat ice arena with a practice facility. That's gonna take some major cash.

    That being said, we are sitting smack dab in the middle of a hockey recruiting hotbed. The USHL, which is the only Tier 1 junior hockey league in the US, has 6 teams located in Iowa. No other state has more than 1. That would be a HUGE recruiting advantage for Iowa, if we could get a coach who could take advantage of this.

    As an avid hockey fan, I would thrilled if Iowa would start a hockey program. I also believe, given time, it would be a pretty hot ticket in Iowa City. However, hockey is an expensive sport, and unless some boosters plunk down some huge coin to start a program, Iowa getting a division 1 hockey program isn't likely to happen.
    This is very very true. I hadn't thought about the recruiting angle from all the USHL teams. In addition to the Iowa teams there is also one in Omaha, I'm not sure if that's one of the 6 you were thinking of.

    BTW the investment wouldn't be as big as you'd think. The CR ice arena could easily serve as home ice. In addition to the game arena they have a practice rink there also, and of course the mall could work for some practices.

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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    Quote Originally Posted by DuffMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DBorwig316 View Post
    For this to happen, we'd need a HUGE donation to get a men's and women's program jump started, ala Penn St. We'd need a 3,000 to 5,000 seat ice arena with a practice facility. That's gonna take some major cash.That being said, we are sitting smack dab in the middle of a hockey recruiting hotbed. The USHL, which is the only Tier 1 junior hockey league in the US, has 6 teams located in Iowa. No other state has more than 1. That would be a HUGE recruiting advantage for Iowa, if we could get a coach who could take advantage of this. As an avid hockey fan, I would thrilled if Iowa would start a hockey program. I also believe, given time, it would be a pretty hot ticket in Iowa City. However, hockey is an expensive sport, and unless some boosters plunk down some huge coin to start a program, Iowa getting a division 1 hockey program isn't likely to happen.
    This is very very true. I hadn't thought about the recruiting angle from all the USHL teams. In addition to the Iowa teams there is also one in Omaha, I'm not sure if that's one of the 6 you were thinking of.BTW the investment wouldn't be as big as you'd think. The CR ice arena could easily serve as home ice. In addition to the game arena they have a practice rink there also, and of course the mall could work for some practices.

    I was including the Omaha Lancers in those six teams, Duff, as their arena is technically located in Council Bluffs if I'm not mistaken.

    Anyway, yes, we could use the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena for the time being, but my feeling is if the University really wanted to go D-1 in hockey, eventually an on campus, university owned arena would be preferred. That's just my opinion.

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    Re: New Hawkeye Sport... Hockey?

    Hockey is picking up more and more popularity in the state. It would be nice to see Iowa make the jump up to D1, it might take them a few years to compete but as others have mentioned you would have a solid base to recruit from.

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    I agree Dbow I just don't see that happening. If Iowa were to build an arena it would need to be like the one in Madison which is multi use, and with all the money they've pumped into carver that ain't happening.

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    I agree Dbow I just don't see that happening. If Iowa were to build an arena it would need to be like the one in Madison which is multi use, and with all the money they've pumped into carver that ain't happening.

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