I know this is a football blog, but I thought it would be interesting to bring up that the B1G conference announced today that it will have a hockey conference for the 2013-2014 season. The schools that will be in are: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State. This comes after the Penn State announcing that they will be going Division 1 with their hockey program, giving the Big Ten enough DI programs (6) to form a conference. More after The Jump.
Adding hockey to the list of sports that the B1G conference offers is great for the Big Ten and all the schools involved, especially when most of the schools have so much history in that sport, but the question is, how will it affect the rest of college hockey?
My guess is that the Big Ten is doing this in hopes that other conferences will follow suit, and start their own hockey conferences, getting NCAA hockey more popularity, and therefore, more money. Which is unlikely to happen, I just don't see the SEC, PAC-10, or Big XII getting too into that idea. One thing I DO see it doing however, is killing the conferences that the teams will be leaving. I don't think a conference, whose the biggest school is North Dakota, would last that long.
Anyways, those are just some of my thoughts. (Kinda just threw 'em together) I'd love to hear some of your thoughts, like who would be the next B1G school to go DI, or whether or not you like the idea of Big Ten hockey.