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Buffalo bringing back hockey, adding to CCHA?

Buffalo could be part of a revamped CCHA, according to a published report in the (Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune.

The Bulls are exploring the possibility of restoring their varsity hockey program, the school confirmed to the paper late last week. Buffalo is one five schools involved in discussions with Bowling Green regarding the future of college hockey and possible league affiliation.

The Bulls were a CCHA affiliate from 1973-1975, competing in Division II with Western Michigan and Lake Forest. The school was known as the State University of New York at Buffalo at the time.

“The University at Buffalo athletic department has been in conversations with established Division I hockey conferences to examine the possibility of returning our hockey program,” Buffalo athletics director Warde Manuel said in a statement.

Buffalo’s program was downgraded from varsity to club status in 1988. The program was playing at the NCAA Division III level when it became a club team.

“While we are flattered to have these discussions, there are several things that would need to occur both fiscally and within conference alignments for this to work for UB at this time,” Manuel added.

Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, may be willing to fund all or part of the Bulls’ hockey program, according to the article. Jacobs’ other business, Delaware North Companies, is headquartered in Buffalo and he donated $10 million to the school in 2008. Jacobs is also a graduate of Buffalo’s school of management, holds an honorary doctorate from the school and has served on a number of leadership boards at the school.


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  • JamesDee

    This move would be a big risk to keep the CCHA going. It would be big gamble to take four AHA teams, Bowling Green and Buffalo.

    This could be another CHA as two of the teams were previous CHA members(Robert Morris and Niagara).

    The new CCHA would need eight teams at the least to compete.

    A six team league is asking for trouble. The best move for Bowling Green would be to enter the WCHA even though their is a lot of travel.

    If the NCHC was nice they would take them in so they could play Miami and WMU.

    But like UAH Chargers, Bowling Green faces the tough task of excisting after the 2012-12013 season.

    The Chargers and Falcons may not excist because of the formation of the NCHC and Big Ten.

    Time will tell.

  • Ams1117

    Unless Bowling Green and Notre Dame join Hockey East together, this new look CCHA might be the best option for BGSU if Buffalo joins the D1 Hockey ranks.  Add UAH and you have a 7-team league and a cushion just in case someone drops hockey.  This leave the WCHA to add Morehead when they are ready to add D1 hockey.  

  • Robert8_fun

    This is awesome news! It could save the CCHA. The CCHA is a great hockey league with a long history. I would love to see the CCHA stick around! It would give the CCHA 8 teams: Bowling Green State, Buffalo U., Mercyhurst, Niagara, Canisius, Robert Morris, Alabama-Huntsville and Notre Dame. Yes Notre Dame. I don’t believe the Irish will go conference hopping in hockey due to what’s happening in football. The football situation will have to play out before the hockey one gets resolved. The guess here is that Notre Dame stays in the CCHA for the time being. 8 teams in a new-look CCHA for 2013. Cool! 

    • JamesDee

      Bowling Green is not going to save the CCHA.

      With Notre Dame going to Hockey East.

      Expect Bowling Green to join the NCHC or WCHA.

      • Robert8_fun

        Bowling Green State might go to the WCHA, but they are not going to the NCHC, MAC school or not.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCPIBR5SQVNDYE4Y32Q53WTWAI Frank

    Ferris State should be staying with BGU. but FS will think about to move back to CCHA some day.  BGU are working and getting some teams will be Mercyhurst, Niagara, Robert Morris, Canisius, Buffalo and UAH plus Bowling Green. All total is 7 or more after 2013-14. 2 or 3 teams will expansion and/or move from other league. Maybe like Ferris State, Michigan Tech, Air Force, Lindenwood or Syrcause) would move to CCHA. They are not having to worry to flying too far away to Alaska once or twice a years. Good Luck to find out by October 7. Big Thanks to BGS is trying their best and save CCHA stay live. BGU did establish CCHA in 1971.

  • http://twitter.com/GHookerMLS Geoffrey Hooker

    With what is happening in the all-sports conferences, I wouldn’t guarantee the Big Ten won’t expand.  Since they require AAU academic standards of all their institutions, the next likely possible members of the EvenBiggerTen based on geography would be Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Vanderbilt, and… the University at Buffalo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCPIBR5SQVNDYE4Y32Q53WTWAI Frank

         I graduated at RIT. RIT doesn’t join in CCHA in 2013-14. They preferred
    to staying in AHA until they are waiting for the ECAC will expansion a or two
    team(s) in few year. RIT would join ECAC. WHY? Because they like to playing
    against with Clarkson, RPI, Union and St. Lawrence. It was their old rivalry. 
    They were in hockey Division 2 then they moved to ECAC in 1977. Last summer, also
    all sports RIT moved to Liberty League with them. They want to join hockey
    Division 1 with them near the future. I would love RIT join to CCHA. So I can
    come and watching this games at Mercyhurst Ice Rink.  Good Luck to RIT Men
    Hockey team.

    • Joe C

      RIT definitely wants to be part of ECAC, which is at 12 schools now and probably would only expand to 14 schools. RIT is a great fit for the very reasons you mention. The proposed program at Buffalo would also be a great fit.

      I can see ECAC going to 14 teams or even 16 teams and playing a hybrid schedule between two divisions. One division would be the 6 current Ivy League schools and the other division would be 6/8/10/12 schools in a division to be named. This is also the model if the Ivies ever decide to stand up their own hockey league. If the Ivies left, you could see a 7 or 9 team ECAC, since under 10 programs, scheduling is not as big a mess.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCPIBR5SQVNDYE4Y32Q53WTWAI Frank

        For sure RIT and Probably Syrcause  have men club. In few year. Syrcause men will become to NCAA Div. 1. They would join to ECAC. Syrcuase is in middle of New York. close to Cornell, Colgate, RIT, Union Clarkson and other teams. Then Syrcause women team will move from CHA to ECAC. Save their travel expense and more league games. RIT women will move to Div 1 in few years. Syrcasue and RIT will join to ECAC or staying in CHA.?? See what happens in the future.

  • JamesDee

    Buffalo will join the WCHA. You heard it hear first.