From: Twin Cities
ORIGINAL: Jeff Jesser
Agree about the rivalries being gone. That's a big part of it. Have you seen the atmosphere at Penn State (just as an example)? It looks like a crowded, medium sized, high school rink in MN. Gosh, I remember the NoDak weekends in the WCHA. I was nervous/excited ect....it was an event. Now, I could care less when we play Notre Dame/OSU/ASU's of the world.
It's just not the same. To me it feels like they invested in a College Hockey program to get money out of the new B10. That's about it.
I think the demise also happened when a large chunk of Mariucci became corporate seats instead of actual fans. The B10 hockey conference isn't about hockey, it's about money.