Back when Bull Run started we covered just two sports, football and hoops. If you are one of our newer members you might have noticed we now cover pretty much every team that takes the field for the Blue and White. If you're very new you may not know that the third sport picked up by Bull Run back in 2010 was hockey.
Up until the 1988 season Buffalo had a varsity hockey team playing at the NCAA Division I and III levels. During 1988, the University at Buffalo dropped its NCAA Hockey Program as they ramped up to Division One football.
At that point in time a group of students and puck enthusiasts at the school stated a new non scholarship program to keep the seat warm until UB worked up to the reality that Buffalo is a hockey town and return Buffalo to its rightful place at the Division I level.
Putting great crowds up for UB hockey is the best way to convince the Athletic Department that the school is ready to once again support a hockey team.
Currently UB is a part of the ACHA, a grouping of competitive college hockey leagues that serve universities who can’t or won’t support an NCAA hockey program.
Within the ACHA Buffalo is a member of the NECHL along with teams from Canisius, Niagara, Syracuse, Binghamton, Cornell, Ithaca, RIT, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, and St. Bonaventure University. Basically, every school we love to hate in other sports.
UB won the NECHL in 2012 and lost in the finals last season. They provide an exciting brand of hockey which is free to UB students and played right across the street from campus at the Northtown Center.
Their season kicks off this week with two road games at Canisius and then at Mercyhurst.
The Griffs shocked UB by winning the NECHL title last season so there is a revenge motivation for the Bulls as they head into the season.
After the NECHL tournament the Bulls also ended up just one spot out of an at large bid. They open this season ranked 19th in the ACHA so the club has a chance to secure a high ranking long before February.
If you just cant wait for a home game UB also has a DIII ACHA team which opens their season Saturday at 9:30 vs Brockport.
WRUB, the school's radio station, does a fantastic job covering home games and even the occasional road contest.
Overall everyone does a fantastic job of making the game a good time for all in attendance. The team is good, you can't beat the price, and it's fun before during and after. So why take a Friday night off this season and go watch UB?