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      BGSU to keep all sports, including hockey

      In a letter to BGSU fans and supporters Tuesday, BG Athletic Director Greg Christopher said the university will keep all 18 sports teams for the 2009-2010 school year.

      The letter, posted on the Falcons' website, says the athletic department, despite being asked to reduce a budget shortfall for the 2010 fiscal year, will not eliminate any sports in the coming year, including ice hockey. However, the university will be forced to implement cuts throughout the athletic department. "This will significantly affect all 18 of our sports and support areas," Christoper added.

      There is no word on how many cuts will be made or when they will be made.

      "We have heard the concerns raised by supporters of BGSU ice hockey and appreciate their passion for the program. We also recognize the significant role the ice arena plays in the Bowling Green community," added Christopher. "We will work with Recreational Sports (which operates the arena) and the community to review the issues related to the facility and begin collaborating on the development of possible solutions."