This subject inevitably leads in a discussion of conference realignment, which inevitably leads to discussion of the formation of a Big Ten Hockey Conference (BTHC). There are endless conference realignment scenarios. Some OK, and some not as OK. Most of them have an attempt at regionally aligning teams for reduction of travel and eventual building of regional rivalries. All well and good. But I'm not about to jump into that, lest I feel like Mendelev shuffling crap around to create the periodic table. Best to mention that, unlike the logic and beauty of Mendelev's periodic table, I'd likely come up with something ugly that nobody likes. It isn't easy, and someone isn't happy no matter the proposal. Someone needs to step up to help the CHA.
It won't be the WCHA – they don't want to change. Its members fear it. Big successful entities are always like that. It's just a fact of institutional evolution. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... eh? But the truth is the WCHA's desire to maintain the status quo could potentially bite it in the ass.
So what is it that the WCHA fears so much that it'll bury its administrative head in the sand? Losing their cash cows.
Does anyone really think very much would change on the college hockey landscape with a BTHC? I sure don't. Hey Donald... the BTHC would dominate recruiting! Don't
So I think there is only one reasonable alternative. Embrace change. Fear not the BTHC. The remaining 8 WCHA teams will do just fine and could likely pick up two potential future powerhouses in UBC and
Only the BTHC can save CHA member programs.
Sunday, June 03, 2007