They’re back! WCHA returns for 2015 season with 8 exhibitions

Hey there.

As I write this, it’s Friday (about an hour into Friday, but it still counts) and that means one thing: The 2015-16 college hockey season is about to officially get started. Well, unofficially officially.

The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves will become the first team to skate on the ice for a pretend hockey game later tonight when they face off against Mount Royal University for an exhibition game.

In all, eight WCHA teams will participate in exhibition games this weekend. On Saturday, Bowling Green will host Toronto and Northern Michigan will host the USA U-18 Team.

And on Sunday, five more teams will play: Bemidji State (vs. Manitoba), Ferris State (vs. Lethbridge), Lake Superior State (vs. USA U-18 Team), Minnesota State (vs. Alberta) and Alaska (vs. Mount Royal). The only two teams not playing this weekend are Michigan Tech and Alabama Huntsville.

So what will these games tell us?

Well, probably not much. With just one day (or, in some cases, no days) of official team practices, most teams are still getting used to playing with one another.

Whatever happens with these exhibitions, the important thing is that it’s hockey season.

Shane Frederick, my friend and co-WCHA columnist, and I will be providing you with plenty of updates on the league throughout the season.

The USCHO season previews will be rolling out next week, with articles and outlook on each of the WCHA’s 10 teams set to run Wednesday. So be sure to look for that this week, and keep it tuned here for all of your updates.

It’s good to be back. Let’s have some fun!


  1. The dead end saga of The Chargers continues to unfold. Great that private $ has allowed the team to continue and thankfully for the players that won’t be able to catch on with another club will at least have a chance to continue for another season. Why would a future recruit be in interested in Alabama and want to take a chance on this program? The University and the NCAA have made it clear to me that hockey isn’t in their plans for this school. Sad but true!  MM

  2. 16-8-2, mostly against classically-quality opponents, and I’m betting
    you we still won’t get any national respect either in the polls or on
    the grapevine.

    • Well, I think it’s time that we stop worrying about what they think because when the dust settles and all has been said and done it will be these ECAC teams battling for the national championship!

  3. .
    “The 2015-16 Michigan Tech hockey team will play an intrasquad game and host the annual Skate With The Huskies event at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Saturday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. Admission will be a donation to youth hockey programs in the area.”

  4. It’s just baffling that a team (Cornell) that finished 8th in their conference has a legitimate shot at the tournament (if they beat the #1 seed and get to the conference championship?) without winning their AQ. There is always one team every year that looks better in the PWR than it is.

    • Absolutely! After the Pairwise is done, there needs to be a “smell test” and have hockey people look at what the computer thinks, and use some common sense. Will NEVER happen. Too easy to blame a computer than man-up and make hard choices.

      • The problem is then we get a team that gets selected by the humans that has no business being in the tourney (Tulsa NCAA Men’s Bball).


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