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That happened: The WCHA and two-game, total-goal series

Posted by: Michael Rand under Frozen Four Updated: December 10, 2009 - 11:38 AM

Every so often, often at our prompting, Stu does some research about an absurd piece of history that nobody would believe in a million years -- except that it's true! This go-round: The old WCHA playoff system. Stu?


The WCHA playoffs used to be set up as a two-game, total-goal series in the ‘70s and ‘80s.



You cannot be serious.  Next thing, you’ll tell me the University of Minnesota hockey team is worse than SCSU, Mankato, UMD and Bemidji State.  (Checks WCHA and CHA standings.)  Oh.  Oh, no.  Did you need a moment?


Yes.  Take however long you need.


There.  Much better.  Surely, though, this was an opening-round thing, and they went to a best-of-3 or Final Four bracket for the title?  Nope, even the conference champ was determined that way.


Well, that’s just stupid.  I agree.  It’s like NBC giving Leno five nights a week in primetime to be not funny.


I would have gone with the Brewers giving Randy Wolf $30 million, but yours works, too.  Thank you.


When did the WCHA finally scrap that? 1988.


Geez Louise.  Can you imagine if any other sport did that? It would be ridiculous.  Agreed.  However, it would make Michael Rand happy.


The Strib sports guy with the haircut and all the T-shirts?  Why?  The Braves would’ve won the 1991 World Series 29-23.


You see, that’s just cruel.  Yeah, I know.


Anything else, smart guy?  I ran the numbers, and KG still wouldn’t have gotten out of the first round until 2004.


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