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Alaska-Anchorage announced that they will drop their hockey program after this season.

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The big downfall for the Alaska teams is that no one wants to be in a conference with them anymore and make regular road trips outside the lower 48. And that was something that was decided before the pandemic became a consideration.
 
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The beauty of Hockey East: every road trip is by bus, every New England state shares a (somewhat) common culture, and everyone "other than" wants to beat BC/BU.

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-> The UAA hockey team took another blow Monday when head coach Matt Curley announced his resignation after three turbulent years with the Seawolves.

The school will not begin a search for a new coach unless hockey supporters are able to save the program by raising $3 million by the end of August, athletic director Greg Myford said in a statement released by the school.

The team is fighting for its existence after being eliminated by the University of Alaska’s Board of Regents in September. The regents said they will reinstate the program if two years’ worth of expenses — $3 million — can be raised by the end of August.

So far, nearly $2.3 million has been raised, according to the group called Save Seawolf Hockey. <-
 

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They raised the money, with help from Seattle Kraken, so team saved.
 

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They raised the money, with help from Seattle Kraken, so team saved.
For now

 

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Why would they even do this though? There's really no culture surrounding college hockey in Alaska, and the program has no future. What's the point of people throwing their money at it?
 
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Why would they even do this though? There's really no culture surrounding college hockey in Alaska, and the program has no future. What's the point of people throwing their money at it?
It's like UConn getting rid of their football program and then bringing it back a year later.
 
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It's like UConn getting rid of their football program and then bringing it back a year later.
Nah, UAA's hockey scenario is massively different than an epidemic impacting a world, a cautious state health department, limited, unknown scheduling opportunities, and EXHCRE opting for a red shirt season versus maybe playing a few games mostly in locations with then and still less focus on preventing SARS-2 infection.
 

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