Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey player and longtime Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) commissioner Bruce McLeod will retire at the end of his current contract, it was announced on Friday.
The 62-year-old McLeod is in his 20th year as WCHA commissioner and plans to retire on June 30 of next year, ending one of the most influential careers in college hockey.
"It has been my distinct honor to serve this wonderful organization as Commissioner for the past 20 years and to be associated with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for 49 years – since 1965," said McLeod. "The opportunity to get to know and to work alongside so many outstanding coaches and administrators, to become acquainted with so many marvelous student-athletes, and watch our sport grow and prosper has been a blessing. I will forever be a fan."
The Fort Frances, Ontario native presided over some of the most successful seasons in WCHA history, with the conference producing eight men's national champions and 14 women's national champions in his tenure.
McLeod played with the Bulldogs from 1966-69 as a left winger, totaling 41 goals and 40 assists in 77 games played.