|Falcons' recruiting won't be affected by WCHA (09-25-12)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 25 September 2012 10:03|
The Falcons will move to the WCHA for the 2013-14 season when all of college hockey's realignment takes effect.
BG currently plays in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, which will be defunct after this season.
Once the realignment takes affect, the WCHA most likely will be viewed as no better than the fourth- or fifth-best league in the country behind the Big Ten Conference, Hockey East and the National Collegiate Hockey Association.
The CCHA is regarded as one of the best leagues under the present alignment.
"I don't feel like recruiting is going to be affected moving forward as we go into the new league," said Bergeron, who is in his third season. "None of us really know how the dust is going to be settle at the end of the day and what perceptions are going to form out there in terms of a pecking order and what league is best and so on."
Bergeron said BG will continue to focus on players who fit its recruiting model.
"I don't think anybody can predict what's going to happen until we get to the league and have two, three, four years under our belt and then we can start to hear what people are saying in the recruiting world," Bergeron said. "We still feel this going to be a great fit for anybody that fits our recruiting model and the type of kid we're looking for.
"We've learned in our two years and going in a third here that there is no limit on what kids can become academically, there's no limit on what they can become hockey-wise and they can be on a campus where kids can enjoy their time and be proud of the experience."
The quality of the league often is important to recruits because they believe it impacts how much their games are watched by NHL and minor professional scouts.
"They've proven time and time again, they'll go and find the players if they're good enough," Bergeron said. "
BUILDING: The Falcons are looking to improve on last season's solid second-half play and run to the semifinals of the CCHA playoffs.
But the Falcons still are motivated by their last-place finish in the CCHA last season when they were 14-25-5 overall and 5-19-4-3 in the league.
"We felt if there was going to be any resting on our backsides, it was probably going to be in the spring," Bergeron said. "We had a good spring and it has carried over to now.
"The attitude seems to be a focused confidence. By no means are we getting ahead of ourselves and think we're better than we are. But they're a confident bunch because they know what we're up against and they know what it's going to take. We think we're a better team than we were last year.
"They've got reason to be confident. What that means in terms of results none of us know."
PROGRESS: Bergeron likes the way the program is developing on and off the ice.
"Everything within reason is progressing the way we want it to," Bergeron said. "Nobody is saying its been huge strides. It's positive strides which is where we want to be in terms of the culture, the brand within our program, the individuals within that program and their role as an individual.
"Everybody for the most is more understanding of where they fit in. Collectively, we have a pretty good understanding of where we want to be on a daily basis and that's a good thing."
ALMOST HERE: The Falcons have just 11 days until they open the season Oct. 6 at the University of Niagara.
BG then hosts the Ontario Institute of Technology in an exhibition the next day. Faceoff both nights at 5:05.
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