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01-23-2012, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun View Post
Not too shabby of a signing.

Honestly mildly surprised that Lindenwood hasn't tried to actually make their men's hockey team an actual NCAA varsity program, tbqh.
It's been talked about in the past (early 2000s) LU originally wanted to play Men's and Women's DI Ice Hockey while remaining in the NAIA for other sports. In 2009 the university began moving all it's NAIA athletic teams to NCAA DII. A few non-naia programs were also included: field hockey, women's ice hockey (national collegiate), men's and women's lacrosse. Because NCAA men's hockey is not natonal collegiate they're stuck right now with the NCAA banning single sport play-ups. Schools can get an exception waiver to play DI in a single sport where the NCAA does not offer a championship at that school's level (i.e. a DII school wanting to play DI men's hockey) but I believe the school has to be a full NCAA member so LU will have to wait until at least then if they want to move men's hockey.

On that note, there's the possibility of LU moving in a few years and some recent light rumors/talk of Iowa State and Illinois. Kent State is leaving the CSCHL for the GLCHL. If the certain teams do upgrade to NCAA and Kent States move to the GLCHL, that would leave one of the ACHA's historic conferences down to 3 teams with just Ohio, Robert Morris (IL), and Indiana.

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