Report: Arizona State applies for NCHC membership for ’18-19 season

Might Arizona State wind up in the NCHC? The school’s athletic director, Ray Anderson, has inquired with NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton (photo: Rachel Lewis).

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Arizona State has officially applied to be a member of the NCHC.

The paper reported Tuesday that Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson wrote a letter to NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton hyping the Sun Devils and also saying that the school will pay the NCHC’s $20,000 application fee by mid-September.

Anderson also explained plans to pay the rest of the $500,000 entry fee.

The letter also stated that ASU plans to have a new facility in place by the start of the 2018-19 season. The team currently plays out of the Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe, a rink that holds less than 800 fans for hockey (747, according to the official website).

The Herald piece said NCHC presidents are expected to decide on potential expansion before the end of the year.

Earlier this summer, it was revealed that WCHA school Minnesota State has also formally applied for membership in the NCHC.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Makes sense…I think Big 10 was the only other possible option and WCHA was never going to happen. I wonder if this makes Minnesota State’s application more likely to be accepted by the NCHC now that ASU would make it an even 10 teams.

    • I think it would, although I’m a little disappointed that MSU would want to leave the WCHA. They’re a good program, but have much less of a chance of making the NCAA’s in the NCHC. They could have been a flag-ship program of the historic WCHA, but I guess it’s all about money.

      • Considering the potential losses of both Alaska schools through their hockey programs being cut for budgetary reasons, I can’t say I fault them for wanting to find a home that will ensure stability even if that means struggling to make NCAA tournament berths on a regular basis.

  2. Considering travel distance between ASU and the westernmost members of the NCHC, Denver and Colorado College, NCHC makes the best sense for the Sun Devils to be.

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