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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference begins tonight in Oxford Ohio. #1 Ranked Miami of Ohio hosting our University of North Dakota.
This is an exciting time for College Hockey in my opinion. As fans we were pretty comfortable with the WCHA but when Minnesota and Wisconsin departed for the Big Ten... The WCHA changed and there was no way you could feel comfortable with the WCHA anymore. You can't just let the Big Ten Hockey Conference happen and be comfortable with Michigan Tech.
With Minnesota and Wisconsin joining the new Big Ten hockey conference with Michigan and Michigan State of the CCHA along with Ohio State and the brand new Penn State Program. The Big Ten hockey conference became an instant power conference. The WCHA and the CCHA had no chance to keep up with that. The NCHC was a necessary creation to not only match the Big Ten but pass it by as perhaps the top conference in the Country.
With Denver, Colorado College, Nebraska Omaha, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan, Miami of Ohio and UND. The NCHC has a great combination of talented committed hockey programs with the best arenas and the best markets and the best attendance with a dose of some great potential TV Markets. Denver, Colorado Springs, Omaha and Cincinatti are fairly large markets. To put it simply... The Best schools were linked together and this improves the overall competition and gives the coaches of the conference a strong selling point for the high end recruits and it gives each school in the conference a future revenue base that can be grown.
It took foresight to recognize the future of the WCHA and it took guts to execute the change and I give all the credit to UND Athletic Director Brian Faison. The easy thing to do is just maintain the status quo... to do nothing. It takes guts to change... even if it is change for the better. I don't know who made the first phone call about the creation of the NCHC... I don't know when the first discussion took place. I don't know if it was an easy sell to the current members or if it took a large dose of politics to make it happen. It happened and I assume that Brian Faison was a major force and he should be given a ton of credit for at the very least recognizing it and saying yes.
I'm a big Brian Faison fan. He has overseen a shift from from Division II to Division I, Membership in the Big Sky conference, Dealt with an extremely complicated, divisive and sticky nickname issue that is still ongoing and the creation of the NCHC. It's easy to say that Brian Faison is doing what he is supposed to do as athletic director. It's easy to say that Division I and the NCHC were obvious moves. It's easy to say... but much much harder to do. It takes a strong AD and Brian Faison seems to be just that. I've seen a few AD's come through in my time in Grand Forks. Brian Faison has been the best by far.
I'm proud of UND... Win or lose tonight... The Future is bright in the NCHC. It's a big night and it's a big night because of the future and it will have nothing to do with who wins. However... UND will win. At least I hope so.