Lindenwood files application to join CHA

College Hockey America announced today that Lindenwood University has officially submitted an application to the CHA for admission for the 2012-2013 season.

“The directors have accepted the application of Lindenwood University for admission into the CHA,” CHA commissioner Bob DeGregorio said in a press release. “We will begin the process for admission, which will include a campus visit as soon as possible. This is a great time for the CHA.”

With the addition of Penn State earlier this offseason, the league currently is at five members for the 2012-2013 season.

“We are excited about our transition to the NCAA and honored to have the opportunity to be part of a strong women’s ice hockey organization like the CHA,” added Lindenwood director of athletics John Creer. “We believe that Lindenwood will be a good fit academically and athletically. It will be a challenge moving from the CCWHA to the CHA, but it is one we are up to and excited about.”

In February 2010, Lindenwood began the application process to elevate all of its athletic programs from the NAIA level to NCAA Division II level with one of the exceptions being its women’s ice hockey program, which will be elevated to the Division I level. The Lady Lions have won four ACHA national championships over the last six seasons.