Minnesota State-Moorhead inches toward goal of launching Division I programs

The changing conference landscape of men’s college hockey has given Minnesota State-Moorhead another opportunity to launch Division I men’s and women’s programs.

The school is roughly 40 percent of the way toward a $37 million goal to endow Division I programs through “soft commitments,” school president Edna Mora Szymanski said at a news conference Friday.

Moorhead athletic director Doug Peters said the changes to conference affiliation brought on by the formation of the Big Ten and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference makes this the “best opportunity” for the school to add programs.

Said Szymanski: “In chaos there is opportunity.”

The school will be looking to make a decision in the next three months, officials said.

The Dragons would play at 5,000-seat Scheels Arena in nearby Fargo, N.D., according to a blog post on the school’s website. That building is home to the USHL’s Fargo Force.