D-II Power Bemidji State Considering Jump to D-I

Bemidji State University, a Minnesota school which is a perennial power in NCAA Division II men’s ice hockey, is considering moving its program up to Division I play as soon as next season, the Minnapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday.

With few teams remaining in Division II hockey and a move down to Division III infeasible under NCAA rules, Division I play is now being seriously considered, longtime head coach R.H. Peters said.

“We are still conferring about facts and figures, and studying budgets of other programs and of our other sports programs,” Peters told the Star Tribune. “I broke it to our players that the move is under discussion.”

Bemidji State, the defending Division II champion, is 11-5-2 overall this season, and 9-3-0 in the NCHA.