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Postby MICKEY » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:08 pm

LIU has a great basketball tradition. Clair Bee was their legendary coach in the post war era ( that’s WWII for you youngsters). Bee was a close friend of Taps Gallagher. They were called the Blackbirds until recently. Here’s some info on LIU:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_University


I imagine they will play home games at the condensed and remodeled Nassau Coliseum or the Northwell Health Ice Center, likely the latter.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassau_Coliseum

https://www.northwellhealthicecenter.com/about
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Postby le » Fri May 01, 2020 7:22 pm

Wow. This is great for college hockey entering into the NYC market. Big market, big potential !
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Re: LIU to D1 Hockey !

Postby le » Fri May 01, 2020 7:50 pm

What is the seating capacity of the facility in East Meadow ? It must be close to CW Post -LIU. Maybe they could play a few up games at the Nassau coliseum.
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Re: LIU to D1 Hockey !

Postby MICKEY » Fri May 01, 2020 8:42 pm

Based on a photo I saw about 1500-2000+ total seats on the two sides of the rink, tough to see. Its about six miles south of Brookville and within walking distance of the Nassau Coliseum and Hofstra.


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Re: LIU to D1 Hockey !

Postby jhart » Fri May 01, 2020 9:31 pm

LIU Women D-1 started last year and played Wisconsin Badgers at Nassau Coliseum. That's got be due to good connections at each program for a vote of confidence.
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Re: LIU to D1 Hockey !

Postby le » Fri May 01, 2020 9:35 pm

Yeah, I looked at the limited photos and I really could not size up the capacity of the facility. As NE mentioned , LIU would be a perfect fit with short bus trips to West Point , Bport , Springfield , Worchester and Boston.
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Re: LIU to D1 Hockey !

Postby Eagle » Sat May 02, 2020 12:19 am

4/30/2020 4:00:00 PM

LIU Announces Addition of Men’s Ice Hockey
Story LinksBROOKVILLE, N.Y. - Long Island University President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, in conjunction with LIU Athletics Director Dr. William E. Martinov Jr., today announced the addition of men's ice hockey to the athletics department, with immediate recruitment and competition slated to begin in 2020-21.

A national search for a head coach will begin immediately.

"We are thrilled to be adding men's ice hockey to the sport opportunities for our student-athletes," Martinov said. "NCAA Division I men's hockey is one of the most exciting sports out there, and we are pleased to be able to provide another opportunity for young hockey players nationwide. Coach Rob Morgan and his women's ice hockey team proved this season that there is a real hunger for a chance to play hockey on Long Island, and winning a championship in their first season has been a great experience for our entire Shark family. We look forward to the same success for our men's team, competing in the classroom and on the ice, representing LIU as truly exceptional student-athletes!"

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Re: LIU to D1 Hockey !

Postby le » Sat May 02, 2020 9:53 am

NEWSDAY :

In discussing a venue for the men, Martinov said LIU enjoys a good relationship with the Coliseum and also would welcome the chance to play at Madison Square Garden, which annually hosts some college men’s hockey games. The women’s team played its home games at Iceworks in Syosset and at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow plus had one game at the Nassau Coliseum.

As for conference alignment, the ECAC, Atlantic Hockey Association and Hockey East could all provide the Sharks with regional competition.


What happened to the Blackbirds ? Did I miss something ?

https://www.newsday.com/sports/college/ ... 1.44286679

Joining a conference would obviously help scheduling and the most natural fit would be Atlantic Hockey, home to nearby Army and Sacred Heart, among others. Right now, Atlantic Hockey has 11 teams and evening it up to 12 would be a boon. And luckily for a program that will have to be frugal early on, LIU is geographically in great shape for travel: everyone from Princeton to UConn and even all the Massachusetts schools are a simple bus ride away.


https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/ ... or-2020-21
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Re: LIU Announces D1 Hockey - Atlantic Hockey make sense

Postby le » Wed May 06, 2020 3:44 pm

A related article by College Hockey News:

https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/ ... A-Lot-.php
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Re: LIU Announces D1 Hockey - Atlantic Hockey make sense

Postby le » Wed May 13, 2020 11:39 am

According to CHN, Navy's announcement of a new D1 program was imminent before the virus surfaced .

And then there's Atlantic Hockey, which has 11 teams, and you'd think would be a closer fit. But even there, most of the schools in the conference have been increasing scholarships, increasing the quality of their home arenas, and increasing budgets in general. And that 12th slot is being held open for Navy, whose announcement of a new D-I program of its own was, I've heard, "imminent" before the coronavirus put the hold on everyone's plans.


https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/ ... Really.php

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USCHO re LIU:

Great quote :

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t’s an unfair comparison for any school to measure against power conference brands like Arizona State or Penn State, and no hockey program requires a sizable donation in order to step on the ice. To this point, LIU is using its future hockey prospects to generate grassroots fundraising. Its program approach is diving into Long Island, which itself is a rich hockey market, to develop strong local ties over a nationalized approach.

https://www.uscho.com/2020/05/13/lookin ... epartment/
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