Alabama Huntsville submits letter of withdrawal to WCHA, looks to leave conference after ’20-21 season

Sean Rappleyea (Alabama Huntsville-6 ) Jordan Uhelski (Alabama Huntsville- 32 Brandon Carlson (Alabama Huntsville- 41)16 October 28 Alabama Huntsville and St. Cloud State University meet in a non conference contest at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (Bradley K. Olson)
Alabama Huntsville has been part of the WCHA since the 2013-14 season (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Alabama Huntsville has submitted a letter of withdrawal to the WCHA.

This was first reported Tuesday by the Tech Hockey Guide.

That leaves Alaska and Alaska Anchorage as the only teams who haven’t let the conference know they are leaving after the 2020-21 season.

“Alabama Huntsville has submitted a withdrawal letter,” WCHA communications manager Todd Bell said by email to the paper. “However, UAH remains involved in on-going discussions with UAA and UAF regarding all options for continuing the WCHA beyond the 2020-21 season.”

Over the summer, Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State, Minnesota State, Bemidji State, Ferris State and Bowling Green released a statement saying all intend to bolt the WCHA at the end of next season to form a smaller conference.

“I am confident that our commissioner and the athletic directors at these institutions are working hard to find solutions for the viability of the ’21-22 season,” UAA coach Matt Curley told the Daily News by text.