It’s only one year, and it could be an anomaly, but right now, the old CCHA isn’t doing much to convince people of its strength.
Only 2 of 10 teams from the CCHA have a winning record in their new conference — Michigan (6-5-1) and Ferris State (16-4-2).
Even worse, two of the CCHA’s most powerful teams — Miami and Notre Dame — are at or near the bottom of their leagues. Miami and Notre Dame combined to win 5 of the last 8 CCHA titles. Miami is dead last in the NCHC. Notre Dame sits only ahead of Merrimack, BU and UMass in the 10-team Hockey East.
Alaska Anchorage, which never once earned home ice in the WCHA playoffs in 20 years, is on track to do it in the new WCHA.
So, was the CCHA due for a down year with Miami’s injuries/CHL losses and the Big Ten teams having to deal with strong Gopher and Badger teams? Or wasn’t the CCHA all that great?
Impossible to tell at this point, but let’s hear your thoughts.