FAIRBANKS, Alaska Several WCHA hockey programs released a statement today stating their intentions to explore in making a new hockey conference by 2021. The seven teams listed on there are Bemidji State, Bowling Green State, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan tech, Minnesota State-Mankato and Northern Michigan.
The press release left off Alabama-Huntsville, UAA and UAF.
This leaves big questions around the future of the UAA and UAF hockey programs and which direction the schools will choose to go. If all seven teams go through with their plans to leave the league it would only leave 3 schools to compete against each other through-out the season.
Bowling Green University included the following quote in their press release.
“As current members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) men's league, the schools have independently submitted formal Letters of Notice to the conference office, initiating the withdrawal process in accordance with WCHA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The institutions will continue to play in the WCHA during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.”
Dr. Morris Kurtz has been named as the person assisting the programs in their transition. Kurtz has a history of being an athletic administrator and hockey consultant.