Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/25/11
For Huntsville City Council President Mark Russell, it was part of the city's identity, along with that of the University of Alabama-Huntsville: a Div. I hockey program, the only one south of the Mason-Dixon line and part of a 33-year hockey tradition in one of the most non-traditional of non-traditional markets. That tradition didn't end on Monday. But UAH's Div. I NCAA college hockey program did, when UA System Chancellor Malcolm Portera announced the Chargers would be dialed back to being a club program after this season. "It was unique in the South, and I thought that should have been heavily considered -- not just the dollars and cents," Russell told The Huntsville Times. "We were the hockey capital of the South, and that was interesting to people." The UAH hockey program began in 1979 as a club program. For the next three decades, it yo-yo'd through Divs. I through III before moving up to Div. I in 1998 for a second time, after the NCAA eliminated Div. II college hockey. Tha...
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