UND recently announced that it would be offering full cost of attendance scholarships in all sports beginning next season, however, it started the stipends this season for men’s and women’s hockey.
Some schools are going to go forward with it, others will not in the college hockey world, and it will be interesting to see how it affects recruiting.
So far, I’ve confirmed that NCHC schools North Dakota, Colorado College, Miami and Western Michigan have implemented full cost of attendance scholarship programs.
Minnesota Duluth, Denver and Nebraska Omaha haven’t made any formal confirmations yet. I do not know how far along they are in the process or whether they will implement the scholarships for this season.
Because Minnesota Duluth is Division II in other sports, it would only be able to offer the full cost of attendance scholarships in men’s and women’s hockey. Denver and Omaha are D-I across the board, which probably complicates things.
St. Cloud State also has not announced its intentions yet, but privately, there’s buzz that the Huskies do not have plans to pursue the bonus scholarships at this point. Maybe that changes if everyone around St. Cloud State is doing it. But if the Huskies do not pursue the bonus scholarships, it has to be of concern to the hockey coaches.
In the Big Ten, all schools are expected to implement the full cost of attendance scholarships across the board in all sports.
In the WCHA, I’ve been told that Bowling Green has implemented the scholarships in all sports. There are others in the WCHA who I believe could end up doing so as well. If so, it could continue to split that league between the top half and bottom half (there was a huge difference between the top and bottom teams in that league last season).
Stay tuned to the blog and I’ll continue to follow this story through the fall and winter.