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WCHA and CCHA schools meet Tuesday in Chicago

Members of the WCHA and CCHA met jointly Tuesday in Chicago to discuss several matters facing both leagues due to impending college hockey realignment.

The agenda included sharing information about each league, engaging in productive discussions about the challenges that each institution and each conference face and seeking common ground to work together for the betterment of the parties involved and of college hockey in general.

In issuing a joint statement, WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod and CCHA commissioner Fred Pletsch said, “This was an important and productive meeting for all involved parties. We asked everyone in attendance to be open, honest and frank in discussing their concerns, hopes and visions for the future of their respective programs. We recognize that where there is change there is also opportunity. We plan to continue our discussions in the future and to continue to explore all options.

“One crucial thing that came out of the joint meeting today was the word ‘commitment.’ All of these institutions are totally committed to fielding the most competitive and successful programs possible and to provide the best possible experience for their student-athletes.”

Other topics discussed included sharing of institutional and hockey program information (including financial, facilities, community support, staffing and travel), scheduling and championship scenarios, and membership and league affiliation (including league size, automatic qualifiers, etc).

In attendance at the joint meeting were administrators from Alaska-Anchorage, Alaska-Fairbanks, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, Northern Michigan, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.


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  • Thefightingman

    Bring in Alabama-Huntsville, make some type of agreement to play each other a bunch, and keep two separate conferences.  I would much rather watch these teams play in the NCAA with an automatic berth than the over-hyped Big 6 and the Want-To-Be Big 6.

    • Astrocyte

      Who is the Want-To-Be Big 6?

  • JamesDee

    The CCHA should be an afterthought in a couple of seasons. Teams like FSU and Bowling Green are not going to lead a confrence. The league should be blown up because the meat and potatoes will end up gone. I dont want to see another CHA with teams folding (Wayne State and Findley). It will just be a league with teams in hurry to get out and with no strong base for a league.

    A merger would be great because it would keep geographical teams playing against each other (NMU,MTU,LSSU and FSU), (Bemdji,St Cloud and Mankato hopefully Moorhead) and UAA and UAF. WIth Bowling Green hopefully going to the Nacho League with WMU and Miami. So the MAC teams should stick together in the long run.

    I think there would be room for UAH Chargers in the merger of the WCHA/CCHA.

    So please college hockey keep similar schools and programs together in clumps playing against similar competition. It would be win/win for all programs involved.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCPIBR5SQVNDYE4Y32Q53WTWAI Frank

    Think about,  It would be nice. If They are thinking to mergers between WCHA and CCHA also add to 4 schools from AHA plus UAH. all total is 16 teams.  Could be without Notre Dame. 16 teams divided – 8 teams (UAA, STCS, MSUM, BSU, NMU, MT, UAF and LSSU) from WCHA became in West Conference and 8 teams (BGU, UFS, WMU, Niagara U, Canisius C.,Mercyhurst C., RMU and UAH) from CCHA  became Central Conference. Member of WCHA and CCHA  can choice “Name of Conference” Great Lake Conference Association,  United States Conference Association,  Western Central Conference Association or other name of conference, They would pick. or 16 members of CCHA, WCHA, 4 schools from AHA and UAH. would be share to meeting together like families. Good Luck with them. I do love this leagues. Look forward is coming true.

  • Alb8524

    face it people, WMU will most likely not stick around in a league such as this, with a new high profile coach and young NHL caliber talent they will not want to be in a league with teams that at any day could fold. The only way I see WMU staying here is if they get some kind of exclusive TV deal which is not going to happen, look for WMU in the NCHC or to go independent while searching for a new home. Also WMU does not have as big of a problem with revenue, they sold out + the stadium mulitple times last year and I expect that to happen again this year.

    • cis

      People questioning why WMU is being considered a player with the big boys just because they had one good year but then lost their coach are forgetting one major point.  Yes they now have an NHL coach that will be huge for recruiting, but they already are loaded with talent!  It was mostly freshman and sophomores that led that team last year and they have NHL-level talent coming in this year.

      Western will be very good going forward.

  • Guest

    Id rather see two conferences with 2 autobids.  Maybe a cross scheduling setup.  As for WMU, I’m not convinced that after one really good year under a coach that is now gone, they suddenly rise dramatically above all of the other schools here. 

  • Protecting Hockey

    Hey, anything that retains an auto bid and builds a committed relationship between the w and c is the best thing.  Just look at how they are working the points system now, to try help perennial bottom feeders like Ohio State will be in the big ten make at large bids by discounting the but kicking they will have in the B10, just as they have always had in the CCHA.  They are trying to shape college hockey on the BCS mold….doesnt that piss anyone els off?  Those kinds of actions are what killed college football.   IF the NCAA ( the political police) want to change anything they should alter the points as such,
    1. W 2pts, T1 pts, L 0 pts,
    2. f each goal scored in the positive diferential = 1pt per goal.  example 1-0 win = 1 pt, 8-2 win = 6 pts.
    3. total of goal differential is a tie breaker and counted as well as quality of win.
    4. end of season play = teams that win conferences + next team not a conference champion with most points to equal 16.

  • Yooper

    I think the WCHA and CCHA authorities need to be commended here.  At least it appears that they are concerned about programs other than their own.  It also appears that their efforts, successful or not, are to bring everyone together to strengthen and expand college hockey and to increase everyone’s opportunities.    The elitist groups who chose to dump everyone else are in great contrast to these folks.  There’s more to life than $$$$$

  • Yooper

    I think the WCHA and CCHA authorities need to be commended here.  At least it appears that they are concerned about programs other than their own.  It also appears that their efforts, successful or not, are to bring everyone together to strengthen and expand college hockey and to increase everyone’s opportunities.    The elitist groups who chose to dump everyone else are in great contrast to these folks.  There’s more to life than $$$$$

    • Guest

      I agree with you but once the Big10 made the move the other schools college hockey had to do what was best for them. The big10 will bring in a ton of additional dollars for those schools and the Denver’s, UND’s, CC’s of the world couldn’t just let it go for the good of the game. They had to find a way to generate more money for themselves. It’s too bad as I think this will be bad overall for college hockey but once the big10 made the move the rest was just inevitable. It is starting to look like college hockey is moving closer and closer to the same system that has basically ruined college football in my mind. 

  • yuuperhokeyeh

    I hope they get this solved before October 1. I like the idea of nine team leagues also

    WCHA(mtu,nmu,lssu,fsu,mankato,bemdji,st cloud,uaa and uaf)

    NCHA(denver,cc,uno,umd,nd, notre dame,miami,BG, and wmu)

  • yuuperhokeyeh

    I hope they get this solved before October 1. I like the idea of nine team leagues also

    WCHA(mtu,nmu,lssu,fsu,mankato,bemdji,st cloud,uaa and uaf)

    NCHA(denver,cc,uno,umd,nd, notre dame,miami,BG, and wmu)

  • Guest

    I find it interesting that Notre Dame wasn’t at this meeting.  Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I would have to believe that even though it hasn’t been announced, ND is probably gone.

  • JamesDee

    Where is the league offices for the new WCHA in Houghton, Michigan?

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  • Richdavage

    The Nacho League won’t take BG.  Western & ND will end up there with the other programs that are highly invested in hockey.  BG should go to Atlantic Hockey.  They have no geographical rivals with OSU, ND and Miami gone.  That gets the WCHA back to 9 teams (A-A, UAF, Bemidji, St. Cloud, Mankato, Northern, Tech, Lake State, Ferris) and makes much more sense for travel.  BG doesn’t fit and could maybe compete in Atlantic Hockey.    

  • Mtmsparky

    Are people implying that teams like Bemidji State, with more national championships than any other NCAA hockey team in the nation, or Michigan Tech, a founding member of the WCHA are schools that are not invested in hockey?  News for you, school enrollment has nothing to do with commitment to sports.  Not one of these programs is worried about folding.  We’re only concerned about which “big boy” we get to eliminate from the NCAA tournament in the spring.

    Just quickly need to respond to the NHL caliber talent quote!  PLEASE!  Apparently I missed the announcement that WM was relocated to Detroit and now wearing red and white uniforms.  Where was WM in the frozen four last year?  2010? 2009?  I’m just wondering?  Oh yeah, the “little boy” on the verge of folding team from Bemidji State University was there.  I would be shocked if a NHL caliber team wasn’t there every year.  Good luck getting past the real good teams like ND, ND and UMD in the “big boy” conference WM.  You will NEED it!!!

    • B.D.

      You are referring to Div II, regarding national titles, correct?

      • Mtmsparky

        Yes, DII.  The reason for bringing that up was the school’s history and commitment to hockey and having a winning program.

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