Gutted. I remember seeing them playing the Wisconsin Badgers as a child back when both teams were part of the WCHA. It’s been a sad week for college hockey.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA has adjusted several rules that could impact current and prospective student-athletes. In regards to hockey, there have been changes that may open doors for student-athletes to play in other amateur competitions, with those under 21 years old being able to do so without burning a year of eligibility. This means that, if the college season is cancelled, some younger players could sign with CHL teams.
...or they may just sign with pro teams in the hope that the AHL and ECHL will not be cancelled.
Some pundits have floated Peter Laviolette as a potential replacement. For non-NHL hires, I complied a list of three NCAA coaches who deserve to make the jump up to the NHL:
Steve Rohlik, head coach of Ohio State. 133-95-33, brought the Buckeyes from the worst of the three Ohio programs to a Frozen Four in 2017-18 pic.twitter.com/nefb3z0PU2— Bobby Misey (@Bmisey) August 23, 2020
Mike Hastings, head coach of Minnesota State. 214-85-23, best record in the WCHA 5 of his 8 seasons, creates a buzzsaw of a team season after season. He recently signed an extension so he’s unlikely to move, but whoooo boy is he good. pic.twitter.com/5YK67qv0AW— Bobby Misey (@Bmisey) August 23, 2020
Who would you like to see coach the Washington Capitals?