Bowling Green to make decision on WCHA by Oct. 7

Bowling Green’s deadline for deciding on whether it will join the WCHA has been extended to Oct. 7.

The original deadline was Sept. 22 after BGSU was one of five CCHA schools invited to join the WCHA on Aug. 25.

“We continue to assess our options for hockey conference affiliation and expect to wrap up details within the next couple of weeks,” BGSU athletic director Greg Christopher said in a statement. “Our dialogue with other schools and the WCHA is ongoing. We appreciate the WCHA’s patience as we work through internal and external conversations. With the movement this week, the dynamic has changed. This is an important decision for BGSU and we owe it to our program and institution to do our due diligence.”

The extension has fueled speculation from the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green that Atlantic Hockey members Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara and Robert Morris are being considered for WCHA membership. The article also says Air Force, another Atlantic Hockey member, might consider a move to the WCHA.