The CCHA unanimously accepted Northern Michigan University’s application to return to the conference Monday. The Wildcats entered the CCHA in 1976-77, before leaving for the WCHA.
“We are very pleased to be accepted back in the CCHA for the fall of 1997,” said NMU athletic director and head hockey coach Rick Comley. “We [our administration and fans] are excited about renewing past rivalries with the members of the CCHA.
“I appreciate very much what the WCHA has done for us over the last 13 years and I wish them all the best in the future.”
Northern Michigan will begin CCHA play in 1997-98, and likely will fill the void left in the CCHA schedule when Illinois-Chicago dropped its hockey program this spring. The exact format will be decided by the CCHA council next month.