(Ed. Note: Ryan Lambert is our resident NCAA Hockey nut, and we decided it’s time to unleash his particular brand of whimsy on the college game every week. So NCAA HOCKEY 101 will run every Tuesday on Puck Daddy. Educate yo self.)
This year was the final one of conference realignment, as the UConn Huskies moved from Atlantic Hockey to Hockey East.
What you need to know about UConn is that they are kind of a team without a home, and in a serious state of transition. Their on-campus rink is tiny, cold, and doesn't seat enough people to meet Hockey East conference rules, meaning that even their home games are going to be played in rinks that aren't particularly close to the school: Hartford's XL Center (which is more or less their “home” rink), and Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena (where they will play five games this year).
They're also just now getting up to the allowable 18 scholarships for players, which Hockey East requires, both in terms of the rules and for a team with designs onRead More »from NCAA Hockey 101: Massive sanctions vs. Alaska; what's wrong with Wisconsin?