Best Hockey Schools

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  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 7:37 PM
    Reply # 7855963 on 7855185
    Anonymous wrote:

    I don’t see anything here controversial but I’m going to ask that Jon ban you just the same for old times sake.


    Just do it, Jon!

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 7:44 PM
    Reply # 7855966 on 7855953
    Anonymous wrote:

    St. Cloud behind UNO.  I know UNO gets credit for attendance and their place in the hierarchy at the school.  And maybe I'm biased, St. Cloud will always hold a place for me.  I don't think hierarchy should have such a great place in the criteria, although it doesn't any of the bigger schools were really affected by it. 


    That's the one that stood out to me, too. I should've saved my list, so I could see where UNO was ahead of St. Cloud. Attendance is probably one.

    As for hierarchy... it is hard to claim 'hockey school' status when you're better known for football or basketball.

  • Saturday, August 31, 2019 1:44 AM
    Reply # 7857858 on 7847493

    It seems based on the criteria as you described them, UNO would out only outrank St. Cloud on attendance.  St. Cloud is also atop the hierarchy at their school, and while St. Cloud hasn't won any championships their history and success is greater.  Even though St. Cloud has ripped my heart out more often than only one other team I care about, the Vikings.  I'm also making it sound like I still care more about St. Cloud than UNO, which isn't really the case.  I love UNO.  But don't feel it's a hockey school, at least like St. Cloud is.  The difference in their attendance in negligible and if percentage was used, UNO might outrank St. Cloud on that criteria.  Anyway...doesn't matter much.

    To your second point, I'd disagree.  I mean you're right, it's hard to call Michigan or Wisconsin a "hockey school" in the sense that a majority of the population would not associate one of those as a hockey school because they've had success in other sports.  To a hockey fan though, and if you compare school to school, I would call Michigan a great hockey school.  If you don't compare sport to sport within a school, then it's easy to say Michigan's a hockey school worthy of their ranking.  On the other hand, the NCHC wanted hockey schools, schools that allocated a lot of their funding toward their hockey program, as in those schools that were atop the hierarchy.


  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 4:59 PM
    Reply # 7862484 on 7847493

    The purpose isn't to rate the schools as a hockey fan would see them. It's to compare them from street level as hockey schools. Teams with a history will get noticed, but when you see the Michigan 'M' -- who does the common man think of first?  Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Tom Brady, Tim Biakabatuka, or Jack Johnson?

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