Vermont Pursues Hockey East Membership
Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel sent a letter Thursday to Hockey
East commissioner Joe Bertagna expressing his university's interest
in joining the Hockey East Association, the school announced today.
that he had received the letter, but said that no process had been
determined for considering Vermont's membership.
been here for seven years, and I was at the ECAC for 15 years,"
said Bertagna, who was the ECAC commissioner prior to assuming his
current post. "There's no handbook for this sort of thing.
We'll consult with our schools and give [Vermont] an opportunity
to make a formal presentation in person."
has been set for when that presentation might take place. The Hockey
East championship weekend or the American Hockey Coaches' Association
annual meeting in Naples, Fla., would be the two most logical possibilities.
Phil Buttafuoco released a statement saying that his league respected
Vermont's right to explore other options.
has been a valued member of the ECAC and has contributed to the
development of the history and tradition of the League," said
Buttafuoco. "We respect Vermont's decision to explore its options
with respect to possible membership in Hockey East. We understand
that every institution has the right and the duty to continually
review its athletics programs and make decisions it deems in its
the ECAC, we shall continue to thoroughly examine all facets of
the league and be very proactive in evaluating the needs of the
league. We shall consider all options available to us to ensure
that any action taken is in the best interests of the member institutions."
was formed prior to the 1984-85 season when its members left the
ECAC. Since then, ECAC membership has been remarkably stable, subtracting
only Army and adding Union.
been a member of the ECAC in men's hockey since 1974-75. Adding
Vermont would give Hockey East 10 men's hockey teams and seven in
women's hockey. The ECAC currently has 12 men's hockey teams.
Fogel, who has
held his post at Vermont for a year and a half, is one of several
new faces in the Burlington administration who would play a role
the decision to pursue Hockey East membership. The Catamounts' athletic
director, Bob Corran, was hired last summer, as was head coach Kevin
Sneddon. In the past, Fogel has discussed the possibility of building
a new rink in the community.
long been rumored as a possible 10th team in Hockey East. Its state-school
status would seem to fit with other Hockey East members, which include
four other New England state universities (Maine, Massachusetts,
UMass Lowell, New Hampshire). The Catamounts' fan base and relatively
successful tradition would seem to make them an attractive addition
to Hockey East.
Catamount team has struggled, posting an 0-11-2 record (0-6-0 ECAC).
They are the nation's only winless team and stand 0-4-1 against
Hockey East opponents.