College Hockey:
St. Norbert, St. Scholastica moving to MCHA for 2013-14 season

St. Norbert and St. Scholastica will join the MCHA for the 2013-14 season as part of the breakup of the NCHA, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Monday and the MCHA confirmed Tuesday.

“This is a great and exciting day for the MCHA,” league commissioner Dr. G. Steven Larson said in a news release. “We are very enthusiastic about having the College of St. Scholastica and St. Norbert College as colleagues. The strong academic and hockey tradition they bring will be an outstanding fit for our new members and the MCHA membership.”

Conference affiliation for St. Norbert and St. Scholastica was put in limbo in February, when the five Wisconsin state schools that play in the NCHA announced they would leave the conference after the 2013-14 season to play under their all-sports conference, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin-River Falls, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin-Superior later agreed to move up the departure to after the 2012-13 season because of scheduling issues.

Tuesday’s announcement brings the MCHA to 10 teams for the 2013-14 season. The league also includes Adrian, Concordia (Wis.), Finlandia, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Marian, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Northland.

Meanwhile, the WIAC stands to have only five schools, two fewer than is needed for a Pool A automatic bid into the NCAA Division III men’s tournament.

St. Norbert, the two-time defending Division III men’s national champion, is 55-0-2 against teams currently in the MCHA. The school has also claimed 13 of the past 16 conference regular-season crowns it has competed for, with head coach Tim Coghlin accumulating a 19-year mark of 411-113-45.

St. Scholastica has posted a winning record in five of the last seven seasons after going 19 seasons without one.

Starting in 2013-14, the MCHA will be playing a complete 18-game round-robin schedule with a two-game series against each team. Discussions are also underway with the commissioners of both the MIAC and WIAC regarding collaborative scheduling.

“Our student-athletes and fans can look forward to very entertaining and exciting collegiate hockey at high caliber that will encompass four states,” added Larson. “Needless to say, the future of MCHA hockey looks bright as we move ahead.”

On Wednesday, the NCHA women’s conference released a statement regarding the state of its conference after the moves noted above.

“The break-up of the men’s Northern Collegiate Hockey Association at the end of the 2012-13 season will not have any effect on the women’s Northern Collegiate Hockey Association,” NCHA commissioner Bill Kronschnabel. “The NCHA is a formidable NCAA Division III women’s hockey conference and will continue to play a full conference and non-conference schedule while remaining one of the five conferences nationally to have its conference playoff champion automatically qualify for the NCAA national tournament.”

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  • Yooper Hockey

    St Norberts should be moving to the WCHA. They are that good.

    • BulldogFan

      Wouldn’t you call them back-stabbers for leaving the MCHA?

      • B.D.

        Well, under homeboy rules….

  • NotfortheNCHC

    The only backstabers are UND Bulldogs, ND Fighting Sioux, Denver Pioners, CC Tigers, and St Cloud Huskies.

    • BulldogFan

      Who are the UND Bulldogs?

      • Guest

        UMD Bulldogs, UND Fighting Something, UND Bulldogs, UMD Fighting Something…. They are all interchangeable… Cut from the same greedy, arrogant cloth.

      • B.D.

        Sorta like when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor….

    • B.D.

      But not Minnesota or Wisconsin who started the stampede?
      Right, Homeboy you are so transparent…

  • NotForTheNCHC

    The only backstabbers are the members of the N$H$.

    Anybody associated with the NCHC is a disgrace for the game of college hockey. I hope the league folds. I hope the Commish walks out before he gets a office or ski chalet. I hope they take the Bruce McLeod trophy and Broadmore trophy to Colorado Springs and drink out of these trophies in George Gwods office in Denver.

    • BulldogFan

      Man, you guys are still bitter about being left out of the NCHC. Come on you guys should be excited for the annual UAA-UAF playoff series! Another great idea from the Commish of the WCHA.

  • NotForTheNCHC

    All nine matchups every season of UAA-Alaska will beter then any unantraul matchup rivals when Colorado College plays Western Michigan University.

    Heck at least they have many rivals left in the nWCHA.

    Nobody cares about teams from the NCHC. In fact people have said what is the NCHC?

    I don’t think anybody wants to be in the NCHC. If anything teams are going to be looking to play in the WCHA or Hockey East.

    Take my word on this I believe TV will want to broadcast games from mystery Alaska to see natural rivals play or Yooper schools with rich traditions facing against each other for the Father Cappo Cup. Both States have a unique sell for college hockey with good hockey people like Coach Kyle, Coach Pearson and Coach Roque.

    Seven banners hang from the Yooper Schools a great accomplishment for schools for the size they are and where they are located.

    College hockey is for real in Alaska and UP.

    Nobody cares about the NCHC just ask Boston College, Boston University, and Notre Dame and Joel Maluri.

    If the above teams and person above don’t want to be part of the NCHC then that tells me you only think you are great in your own mind.

    • BulldogFan

      Keep telling yourself that. Deep down you know this is false. Couple of questions: What national television network will the nWCHA be on? How many years since any team in the UP won a league, playoff or National Championship?

      • B.D.

        Its just homeboy in a new sock puppet identity….

  • John Smith

    Talk about backstabbers the Miami Redhawks might bail on the NCHC for the Hockey East.

    • BulldogFan

      Where to you people come up with this crap?

      • B.D.

        Its just homeboy being provocative as a sock puppet….

  • MU1995

    Yes Miami makes sense in Hockey East.

    Hope they get in Hockey East. Better then going to Denver or Grrand Forks.

    Better yet go to Marquette or Bowling Green.

  • Darcy Martini

    St Norberts could replace Miami when they move to Hockey East.

  • NotForTheNCHC

    Did the NCHC announce they are folding yet.

    Word on the street the NCHC is running out of money because they are paying the Commish and Director of Operations are sucking up all the funds. The well is dry.

    Former WCHA players that are alumni that haven’t graduated might be able to help the NCHC.

    The economy isn’t so good so in Grand Forks their might be Sand Bagger jobs or in Denver the food stand at the ski chalet where the NCHC offices is might be good jobs for alumni to work to help fill the bank account.

  • Backstabbers

    Did somebody say “backstabbers”

    You must mean these programs
    1 Denver Pioneers
    2 Colorado College Tigers
    3 North Dakota Fighting Sioux
    4 Univwrsity Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
    5 University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks
    6. St Cloud Huskies

    Welcome to the backstabbers league the NCHC.

    • B.D.

      I note you did not include Minnesta or Wosconsin, as well as the other B10′ers who jumped ship and started the stamapede.
      WHy is that?

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