(Northland's NewsCenter) --- Five schools, including UW-Superior, will depart the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) a year earlier than planned, it was announced on Tuesday.
The five schools had planned to leave the NCHA and join the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) following the 2013-14 season, but now plan to leave after the 2012-13 season.
The early departure was agreed upon by commissioners of both conferences because of scheduling difficulties that would arise should the schools stay the extra season.
UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout will join the Yellowjackets in departing the NCHA to join the WIAC.
With those five teams leaving, the men's NCHA will have only St. Scholastica and defending Division III national champion St. Norbert as its remaining members.
The Saints women's hockey team will also remain in the NCHA, although that league has six other remaining teams past the 2013-14 season.