The Western Collegiate Hockey Association took a step towards the formation of a new Midwestern women’s collegiate league Sunday when conference administrators, meeting at the NCAA convention in San Antonio, Tex., passed a motion supporting such a concept.
The proposed league could begin play as early as next season, pending approval of articles of agreement and operations.
“This is an exciting development both for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the growth of intercollegiate women’s ice hockey,” said commissioner Bruce McLeod. “Our goal will be to formalize acceptance of articles of agreement at our annual meeting this spring.”
The new women’s league would likely be administered under the auspices of the WCHA, with seven schools included in the initial plans for the conference: Bemidji State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Ohio State, St. Cloud State and Wisconsin.