Detroit Red Wings
RedWingsSeasonTickets.com Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

CCHA alums support move to Big Ten

Wednesday, 03.23.2011 / 2:24 PM ET / News
By Jeff Sanford  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
X
Share with your Friends


CCHA alums support move to Big Ten
DETROIT – College hockey is on the verge of being significantly reshaped as athletic directors throughout the Big Ten Conference have put into motion plans to establish men’s ice hockey as an official league-sponsored sport.

This new hockey conference would include six programs: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Penn State. The Penn State ice hockey program, which was just announced last September, pushed the number of Big Ten schools with men’s ice hockey programs to six, the conference’s minimum for a conference championship.

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, who played for MSU from 2005-08, seemed pleased with the news.

“I think it’s exciting,” he said. “You’re bringing some really big-time hockey programs all together in one conference. Obviously the Big Ten television network is picking up the games so that will be big, too.”

Another former Spartan, Wings forward Drew Miller, was enthusiastic as well.

“It’d be a big adjustment, a big change,” he said. “The teams that’d be in it, the big schools, means bigger rinks, bigger crowd, maybe a bigger following … It’s an exciting change, and I hope it helps hockey grow.”

Still, adding another conference to NCAA hockey not only impacts the Big Ten programs involved, but also the programs that they are leaving behind. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), which would lose the Wolverines, Spartans and Buckeyes to the new conference, would certainly feel lasting effects from the departure of three of its largest programs. 

“I feel bad,” Abdelkader said. “It’s tough for the CCHA, losing two big schools in Michigan.”

However, Abdelkader did express faith in the resilience of the CCHA, which could still hang on to strong programs like Notre Dame, Western Michigan, and Alaska-Fairbanks.

“I still think they’ll be all right,” he said. “They still have some really good hockey programs and I think they’ll still be able to pick up games versus Michigan and Michigan State. I think they’ll still play a lot of the teams and hopefully they’ll be able to have a league still survive without the (three) teams. Like I said, there still are some really teams in (the CCHA).”

Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler, who spent his college days playing at Ohio State, would like to see his former league live on, despite the Big Ten teams’ exodus.

“You never want to see a league fold,” he said. “It was a good league when I played in it, and there’s still good teams that play in it. So I’d still like to see that stick around.”
Kesler, however, did still support the idea of a Big Ten hockey conference, saying he thought that “it’s a good idea” and “they’re doing the right thing.” 

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) will also be impacted by the Big Ten conference, losing two major programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. 


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80