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03-28-2013, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Zinnny View Post

I first wanna say that historyically speaking the ECAC has been a step down from Hockey Easy and some other conferences, however in the past 5 years the level of competition in the ECAC has greatly increased. Just look at the number of teams in the NCAA tourney this year compared to 5 years ago. I believe there are 3 teams (Union, Q-Pac, Yale) in the tournament this year while I think Hockey East only has 2 (BC, UMass Lowell). So I really don't think that ECAC is a far below the other conferences as it used to be, and to say it is a step down is no longer accurate.
I'd say it still a step below Hockey East (they've got 3 in the tourney btw, you forgot UNH) and the WCHA. Even though recently been more of a factor in the tourney, the ECAC still lags behind the other big conferences. They lack the parody of other conferences (compare the bottomfeeds of the ECAC versus the other conferences) and most importantly, they don't have any powerhouse programs that are consistently contending for National titles.

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