AHA is considering expansion

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Let’s be realistic. NU is not in the financial position to play Savior for NCAA hockey expansion. Let the Ivys do that , or schools with $ 1 billion dollar endowments. If it becomes a reality that Huntsville is a financial “wash” for NU via reimbursements, it may be worth considering. Playing Huntsville gives no prestige or recruiting benefit to Niagara. Otherwise, use the extra monies to directly benefit NU hockey. Many improvements are needed in the arena, locker rooms , training equipment and coaching salaries to enhance the program. The least necessary is scheduling a game in Huntsville Al.
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If one reads the articles, UAH is paying for all travel to Huntsville for 10 years .
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Well, le - you are looking for me? I'm here. And as you know from our personal communications, I have contacted both Simon and Coach Lammers to express to them that I am hopeful they will be supportive of UAH's application to AHA. I provided them with a little history of my personal experiences and observations of Niagara hockey in Huntsville ... and it was all good! Not just for me, as I was able to make that 3-hour drive from ATL area to H'ville every season (and would look forward to doing it again), but the feedback I had from the players was that they loved coming to Huntsville. A game down here in Dec-Jan-Feb helped break up the monotony of the Niagara winters and their bus trips to such winter wonderlands as PA, CT, MA, etc. While down here, many players took advantage of the weather for a morning jog through the nearby neighborhoods with old historic homes. It was a different perspective for them and they thoroughly enjoyed there two hour plane ride to Nashville and one hour bus ride ... say as compared to 7-8 hours or more on the bus to many of the road games of our Northeast opponents. I am not sure how the economic details work out but I would venture that with the assistance being provided by UAH, that the cost to NU would be in the ball park of most other road trips ... and less than some (like Colorado Springs).

To me, one of the most important aspects, as you have pointed out, is the benefit of preserving a good D1 hockey program. Hockey cannot afford to lose any program ... much less one with good fan support, such as UAH. Note that when they had a certain new university President a number of years back, he wanted to cancel the program. There was a huge backlash and effort from the UAH fans. A challenge to raise money was put to them and the UAH fan based met the challenge (fairly easily). Now the program is even more stable ... the 10-year commitment is evidence of that. And there is even speculation that they will build an on-campus arena!

Adding UAH would be a very good and strong move for the AHA. I will be greatly disappointed if our conference passes on this opportunity.
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Adding UAH would be a very good and strong move for the AHA. I will be greatly disappointed if our conference passes on this opportunity.
With the AHA Commish apparently supporting expanding to 12 or 14 teams including UAH, it appears the the prospect of expansion is very likely. Based on my body count, Army, Air Force, Robert Morris and NU are all probably OK with adding UAH. That would leave only three members remaining required to approve UAH. It's always possible though the "Covid caveat" could be used to table all expansion plans until year 2030.
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Alabama-Huntsville suspends their program for the 2021-22 season due to the lack of a conference home.

https://uahchargers.com/news/2021/5/5/g ... DO1bDFw5Ow
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Another door slammed !
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Not a happy day for college hockey ... the UAH fans and supporters did their part. College hockey conferences failed them.
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Not a happy day for college hockey .The UAH fans and supporters did their part. College hockey conferences failed them.
The AHA shouldn't be shutting their doors on anybody based on their miserable power rankings! AIC was literally blown out of water in the first round of the NCAA's. It wasn't even competitive being totally outclassed for 60 minutes. I just lost a ton of respect for the AHA as a league. I'm not sure where NU stood on this .

There are a grand total of 52 teams in Division 1 College Hockey. It's amazing as 5hole said that the college hockey conferences can't find a home for "four" of these programs.
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Lindenwood, UAH , Zona State and LIU. Maybe Navy.
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I still believe there are 60 D1 programs including those that shutdown this year due to COVID-19.
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