Never in the history of collegiate athletics has there been a school forced to disband its men's ice hockey program despite winning a national championship at some point.
That's all about to change at the University of Alabama-Huntsville following the 2011-12 campaign.
According to CollegeHockeyNews.com, Alabama-Huntsville interim president Malcolm Portera will announce on Monday that the Chargers will disband their Division I hockey program after 33 years following the completion of this season.
According to the Huntsville Times, UAH head coach Chris Luongo informed the team of the situation on Sunday night. Both players and coaches were scheduled to meet with Portera on Monday morning.
When Terry Pegula, Penn State alum, Buffalo Sabres' owner and energy mogul, dropped an $88-million endowment check in the mail to fund a D-1 program in Happy Valley, Penn., last year, he initiated a domino effect that has led to the biggest transformation in college hockey history.
In addition, a number of coaching changes across the NCAA's 59 teams during last spring and summer -- some directly related to Pegula's penchant for the game on ice -- shook the college ranks as an NCAA-record 10 squads began this season with new coaches.
The merry-go-round began when 13-year CCHA commissioner Tom Anastos announced his departure from the executive role to return to his alma mater as Michigan States new head coach to replace the retiring Rick Comley.
The dust has finally settled after a tumultuous spring and summer for the NCAA.
Not since the six Ivy teams threatened to secede from the ECAC union in the mid-1980s -- causing then Providence College athletic director and current New Jersey Devils president and GM Lou Lamoriello to initiate the formation of a new Hockey East league -- has the college game experienced such dramatic change.
Beginning in 2013, the new alignment of leagues and teams will make the changes 25 years ago a walk in the park compared with a NASCAR finish.
What caused this reorganizational tsunami?
"[Benefactor and alum] Terry Pegula's generous gift [of $88 million] to Penn State was the genesis for change, as it gave the Big Ten conference the minimum number of schools (six) required to stage a Big Ten championship in a sport," said CCHA commissioner Fred Pletsch, who succeeded Tom Anastos last spring when he took the job as head coach at his alma mater Michigan State.
Tim Thomas knows a little about new seasons for the 58 starting goaltenders and their teammates across the NCAA landscape as a new college campaign gets underway.
"I remember having all that youth and energy," Thomas said as he prepared to begin a new NHL season after leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
In recollecting four season-starting experiences at Vermont from 1993-97, Thomas, said, "If I gave any advice to the University of Vermont and all the other schools, I'd say don't wait to prove how good you are; start proving it from the first game of the season."
The marriage between Notre Dame and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will come to an end beginning with the 2013-14 season.
That's when the Fighting Irish will begin a new chapter, as the 11th member of Hockey East -- joining Boston University, Boston College, Maine, Massachusetts, Massachusetts-Lowell, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence and Vermont.
The decision was made official during a Wednesday news conference at Notre Dame's new Compton Family Ice Arena. The Irish had been part of the CCHA since 1992.
A Joint Statement from: Peg Bradley-Doppes, Director of Athletics, University of Denver; Ken Ralph, Director of Athletics, Colorado College; Brad Bates, Director of Athletics, Miami University; Bob Nielson, Director of Athletics, University of Minnesota Duluth; Trev Alberts, Director of Athletics, University of Nebraska Omaha; Brian Faison, Director of Athletics, University of North Dakota
We are pleased to announce that six top NCAA Division I ice hockey programs will become founding members of a newly formed hockey conference, which will begin competition for the 2013-14 season. The six institutions are Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota.
We understand and appreciate the widespread interest in developments relating to the formation of the new hockey conference. More information will be provided about the initiatives that have been undertaken, as well as the next steps involved, at a news conference in Colorado Springs this Wednesday, July 13. Our programs look forward to continued associations with our current leagues, the WCHA and CCHA, for the next two seasons.
Celebrating 30 years of honoring college hockey’s top player, the annual Hobey Baker banquet will take place Thursday, June 23 at RiverCentre in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Guest of honor will be outstanding forward Andy Miele of the Miami University RedHawks, winner of this year's Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey. Miele led the nation in scoring posting 71 points in 39 games -- 11 points better than his closest competitor -- before signing a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Coyotes in April.
BOSTON -- They may not be classified as Stanley Cup Final records.
But they sure are NCAA milestones, and answers to future college-hockey trivia questions.
Several NCAA facts intertwine across the Vancouver Canucks' playoff roster in this 2011 Cup Final that finds them two wins away from the first championship for Canada since Montreal in 1993.
If Vancouver ultimately sips from Lord Stanley's cherished hardware, it will be -- in part -- because of any combination of NCAA influences.
A total of 293 former college hockey players participated in the 2010-11 NHL regular season, an increase of 8.9 percent from last season and 34 percent from 10 years ago, according to a recent analysis by College Hockey, Inc.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- They came here from down the street and across the Minnesota and U.S. compasses, even a few from north of the border.
Most got an awe-inspiring look at the cresting mighty Mississippi; some crossed over to Minneapolis Friday for the Twins' opening-day win and the first-ever reunion of the Mauer-Morneau-Nathan trio at Target Field; a few clogged the historic entrance to the world-famous Mickey's Dining Car, waiting for the opportunity to do the same to their arteries.
All, however, came for one primary reason: the Frozen Four semifinal games Thursday, and the NCAA National Championship game Saturday night between the home-state Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and the Michigan Wolverines.
ST. PAUL, Minn. --- Unsung Hero one day, etched into Minnesota hockey history the next.
On Friday, the Hockey Commissioner's Association named Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Kyle Schmidt the recipient of the fifth annual Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, established in honor of the former team captain at Army who played from 1999-2003. He was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2006.
"It's a tremendous honor to follow the recipients of this award," Schmidt said. "Although I never met Derek or even saw him compete, he sounds like the player I have always strived to be."
Among a sea of bleach-blonde mops and the euphoria in Minnesota-Duluth's locker room 24 hours later after the Bulldogs captured their first-ever national title, there was no problem picking out Schmidt, the player who scored the championship-winning overtime goal.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres