I'm a huge hockey guy, and also a Hockey East fan. There's no way that Hockey East would take us in as a fledgling program. We would also get eaten alive in that league for a long time.
Comparing the rise of the women's program, which there are only 35 women's programs in the country, to a men's program is apples and oranges. The women's team, upon inception, somehow hired one of the best coaches in the country, who immediately got a bunch of transfers who led to the rise fo the program. That wouldn't happen in men's hockey. I think it would take close to 10 years to actually start competing and getting recruits. People can say "we're so close to Canada" but fact of the matter is college hockey is dying because top players in Canada play Juniors, and the top kids in the US go to Canada to play Juniors rather than go to college. Canada wouldn't have as much of an impact as you think.
For the person that posted about the club team, they get maybe 20 fans a game and that's real generous. I know most of the kids on that team, great guys but I don't think more than 4 of them could play division 1, also a generous number.
However, it would be awesome to fill the War Memorial for those games, I think students would get into it and there would be a lot of local support. They could easily sell out the WM every game.