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Thread: Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada) may start NCAA Division 1 men's team

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    NCAA Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada) may start NCAA Division 1 men's team

    BURNABY — Theresa Hanson is only four months into her tenure as the new athletic director at Simon Frsser University, yet she has already begun to lay the groundwork for what could be one of the most substantial start-ups in the 51-year history of Clan athletics.

    Hanson told The Province on Thursday that SFU is putting togther a plan aimed at bringing an NCAA Div. 1 men’s hockey program to the school.
    Interesting news coming out of Vancouver. Simon Fraser University - which is the only non-American NCAA sanctioned university - is exploring possibility of starting a NCAA Division 1 men's hockey team.

    The current hockey team is a 'club' team that plays in the BCIHL, but has played exhbition games in the US against NCAA D1 schools. And they hosted a tournament in 2014 - the Great Northwest Showcase - that featured the Univesity of North Dakota (current NCAA D1 national champion), Princeton University, University of British Columbia (CIS), and Simon Fraser.

    Currently, SFU plays out of the Bill Copeland Arena that seats 2,000 and is a 10-15 minute drive from campus.

    The WHL's Vancouver Giants are thinking of relocating to the 5,200 seat Langley Events Center (outside of Vancouver).

    Which means the Giants current home, Pacific Coliseum (former home to the Vancouver Canucks) could become available and is 11 km from SFU's campus.

    On a side note, British Columbia has lots of current and former NCAA players.
    In the recent Frozen Four NCAA national championships, there were 10 British Columbia born players dotting the rosters of North Dakota, Quinnipiac and Denver.

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    Personally I think it would be better to stay at Bill Copeland Arena and build a good atmosphere rather than move to the much larger Coliseum (Copeland Arena would certainly be on the smaller end of DI arenas, but it wouldn't be the smallest. The Pacific Coliseum would be amongst the largest in the NCAA, although it does have a curtain system to close off some of the upper bowl). Either way, it will be interesting to see how this develops. I'll especially be interested to see what kind of local attention it gets in terms of both fan and media interest compared to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL if it does end up happening.

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