AH Clears Way For Air Force, If …

Atlantic Hockey athletic directors have voted to allow Air Force to become a member of the league, but only if it agrees to certain conditions.

Air Force is currently a member of College Hockey America, a six-team league that currently just meets the minimum NCAA requirements for receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The attraction for Air Force is to join a league with fellow service academy member Army. For Atlantic Hockey, the attraction is to gain an affiliation with another strong entity with a storied history.

The negative, of course, is the cost involved with flying all the way to Colorado Springs, Colo., home of Air Force, for games.

According to sources, Air Force would be accepted to the league on a probationary schedule that would force it to play an imbalanced number of home and road games.

Air Force is currently deciding whether to accept such an arrangement that would force the Falcons to play more road than home games.

After Findlay dropped its program last year, the CHA was going to be left with just five programs. But the nascent Robert Morris program joined CHA after Atlantic Hockey denied its bid for acceptance there, citing the overall good of college hockey.