Monday, April 27, 2009

To Beaver or Not To Beaver, That is the Question

Well, here it is, the day Bemidji State has been waiting for. At least since their exit from the Frozen Four. Today is the day that they may, or may not, be able to present their case for admittance tot the WCHA. From the reports, the Beavers are putting on the full court press. They are sending eight representatives from coaches, tot the AD, to a spokesman from the design/construction company for their new arena. Get the whole scoop from the Bemidji Pioneer.

Is it going to be enough? It seems a this point very unlikely that BSU will get in. They have the pressing need to find a home as the CHA ends after next year, contrary to what I have said in the near past. Unfortunately, they have a couple of big issues holding them back from entering.

  1. If a vote is taken, and it is not a given, they will need 8 yes votes from the 10 teams.
  2. It has already been stated that an 11 team schedule is not feasible, so they need a partner to enter with them.

About that partner, it has been reported by the WCHA that 5 teams were interested in applying, but only BSU did formally. And then you have the Moorhead appearance. Minnesota State – Moorhead (MSU-M….I thought Mankato already had that) has shown interest to create a men’s hockey team and jump right into the WCHA. Is this for real? Apparently so from news reports. So to sum up my thoughts, BSU will not be approved. The WCHA cannot work an 11 team league and a legitimate partner for BSU has not stepped forward. Don’t get me wrong, adding BSU would be a great positive for the WCHA, but they must make it a 12 team league or this is all a joke.

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