After being talked about for months, and even years, college hockey is adding a new team. Penn State will add both mens and womens hockey in the year 2012-2013. They are in the process of constructing a new rink, capable of seating between 5000 and 6000 fans. Here's the article discussing the 88 million dollar donation.
Obviously, the question at this point is, what will happen to the other two Big Ten teams in the WCHA? The thing everyone seems certain on at this point is that a Big Ten Hockey Conference will be in place by the 2014-2015 season. My friend Steve is skeptical, thinking that this is just a thing the USCHOers are discussing.
Both the WCHA and CCHA have made statements regarding the future formation of a Big Ten Hockey Conference. The Big Ten has also made a statement. Personally, I feel that there is a ton of potential revenue that has the potential to be there, for all 6 schools in the Big Ten that would play hockey plus for the Big Ten itself. However, at this point, it isn't happening, so it's not worth discussing.
In the meantime, my season preview/predictions will be out soon.