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Six Schools Announce Creation Of National Collegiate Hockey Conference
Published July 14, 2011
PART OF LARGER REALIGNMENT: USA TODAY's Andy Gardiner notes the "trigger for the upcoming realignment was the Big Ten sponsoring men's hockey as a league sport." Minnesota and Wisconsin joined the Big Ten from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State joined from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Penn State also has added hockey, "giving the Big Ten the necessary six schools to form its own conference under NCAA guidelines" (USA TODAY, 7/14). In Alaska, Danny Martin reports ADs from the WCHA's remaining five schools are scheduled to meet tomorrow in Minneapolis to "determine their future." The CCHA and officials from its remaining seven teams "haven't scheduled a meeting but they know something needs to be done before 2013-14" (FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER, 7/14). In Minneapolis, Roman Augustoviz notes the WCHA "will stay as it is, at 12 teams," for the next two seasons, and "then will come the realigning and shifting" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/14).