Syracuse Women Joining CHA; No Men's Hockey Soon
by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor
College Hockey America's men's league may be facing a crisis of survival, but the women's league is surging forward.
The CHA announced today that Syracuse University will join its women's league for next season, giving it five teams. Meanwhile, despite past excitement over the possibility of Syracuse having a D-I men's team, that is not imminent.
"When and if men's hockey comes on board remains to be seen," said Henry Wildhack, associate AD at Syracuse. "There's been no timetable yay or nay. It's something we'd like to do, if we can. ... We'd love to play, but we've got to do it a certain way. We're comfortable with that."
In announcing the women's move, Syracuse AD Daryl Gross expressed excitement.
"We are excited to start our journey to becoming extraordinary in women's ice hockey," Gross said. "We are grateful to College Hockey America for recognizing the commitment we've made to be competitive in the sport. We believe we will enhance the conference and will do our best to represent it in the most amazing fashion."
But Title IX restrictions, among other issues, prevent Syracuse from immediately starting a men's program. Wildhack said it's all just wait and see at this point.
"It's one of the issues (Title IX)," Wildhack said. "I'm not going to prioritize them in that fashion at all.
"I would say I'm hopeful. Yes it's possible, of course it's possible. But we're going to wait and see how women's hockey goes, we're going to wait and see how it goes with Title IX. Those are the things we're looking at and we'll go from there.
"It logically makes the most sense to us to see how the women's program is accepted and analyze everything from there."