Bulldogs to Play in National Collegiate Hockey Conference

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Bulldogs to Play in National Collegiate Hockey Conference

July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM CST

Colorado Springs, CO (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The name of the new so-called super league in men's college hockey will be the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, it was revealed at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

It was officially announced this past weekend that six top Division I schools, including UMD, would be leaving their respective conferences to form this new league beginning in the 2013-2014 season.

UMD, North Dakota, Colorado College, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha, and Miami University will all be a part of the new conference, with Notre Dame and Western Michigan reportedly still considering a move.

Bulldogs head coach Scott Sandelin and athletic director Bob Nielson are in attendance at the news conference and are scheduled to speak to the media at 1:00 p.m. CST.

The Northland's NewsCenter will continue to bring you updates on this new hockey conference as they become available.

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WCHA REACTS FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW LEAGUE

“Obviously it’s a tough day for the WCHA and a sad one for me personally,” WCHA Commissioner Bruce McLeod said, “and it’s one that is not easy to put into perspective. We wish everyone well, but make no mistake, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is not going away. The league will proudly mark it’s 60th season this fall and we will continue to operate as a full-fledged Association and continue to do business the way we always have – in a first-class and forward-thinking manner."

“The history of the WCHA includes numerous eras of expansion and contraction but what has remained constant has been our success – both on and off the ice. Our remaining member institutions – Alaska Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State – are absolutely committed to both Division 1 hockey and the WCHA and as an Association we will continue – as we always have – to provide a first-class product. We remain firm in our belief both that the game of college hockey is the best there is and that the WCHA will always be at the forefront of doing what is in the best interests of our sport. We look forward to promoting and enhancing the student-athlete experience, building on positive relationships with our local communities and fans, exciting rivalries and battling for championships."

“As regards to our future, the WCHA has a short-term plan that we will
implement immediately. In the long-term, we will continue to formulate a strategic approach that will ensure the well-being of this Association and it’s member teams for the long run. As a group, we remain committed and we are 100% confident our future remains
bright.”

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com