Big Ten Statement: Don't Assume We'll Start Hockey Conference

On the heels of the news that Penn State will be adding Division I hockey in the near future, the Big Ten released a statement Friday saying that the news does not necessarily mean a Big Ten Hockey Conference is on the horizon. Not that they ruled it out, either.

For many years, we have had five institutions sponsoring Division I men’s ice hockey programs – Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.  Big Ten rules allow for a championship whenever there are six institutions sponsoring a program in any given sport.  This leads to the presumption that there will be a Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at some point in the future.  A decision of that nature, however, cannot be made without a significant amount of discussion both internally with conference chancellors, presidents, administrators and coaches, and externally with the hockey community as a whole.  Whatever we do, we will communicate in a respectful and responsible way as we endeavor to balance all of the unique interests in play.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.