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Friday, September 09, 2011

Huntsville's Future in Peril

Alabama-Huntsville, currently college hockey's only Division I independent program, is in imminent danger of being dropped as a varsity sport, unless $500,000 per year can be raised, according to alumni.

The university has not indicated as such, but word has gotten out through alumni that have met with UAH officials.

Alabama-Huntsville is not an independent by choice. After the demise of College Hockey America two years ago, the other schools in the league found new places to play — Robert Morris and Niagara in Atlantic Hockey, and Bemidji State in the WCHA. But Huntsville was denied in a bid to move to the CCHA, and has been an independent ever since.

Even in the rapidly shifting college hockey landscape, which has seen no fewer than 18 schools pledging to shift conferences in 2013-14, there has not been room in the discussion for Alabama-Huntsville. For better or for worse, no league is willing to make the travel commitment necessary to add the Chargers, and they have not been included in any of the talks.

In the only official statement from the school, interim president Malcolm Portera said, "University administrators are conducting an analysis of the Charger athletic department budget to ensure that dollars are wisely spent on our 14 competitive sports programs. Money available to operate an athletic program is scarce, so it's crucial that we manage those dollars prudently."

Perhaps UAH's most prominent hockey alumnus, Jared Ross, who has spent time in the NHL, sent an e-mail to UAH alumni on July 22, asking for pledges to support the program. That e-mail, which said, "the existence of the program is greatly threatened," first alerted the greater community to how imminent the danger is for UAH.

According to reports, a decision could come as early as October.

According to an Internet posting by 2005 UAH hockey alumnus Keith Rowe, the Chargers' coaching staff met with Portera on Aug. 22 to discuss the situation. It was there that Portera informed them that dropping the program was a possibility. Shortly thereafter, assistant coach Mike Warde resigned from his post to accept the same position at Army.

Meanwhile, a fund-raising effort has gotten under way. According to Rowe, the drive is looking to raise $500,000 per year over three years, to give the UAH administration time to create a longer-term plan.

"The knowledge of the imminent danger of losing the program has been insulated to the UAH Hockey Alumni to date," Rowe said. "The reason for this was to make sure we had the correct information — i.e. $500k annually — to convey and to keep the current UAH Charger Hockey players separated from the issue until it was officially stated from University officials."

According to Rowe, nearly $200,000 per year has been raised so far.

Alabama-Huntsville has been an NCAA program for 30 years, first in Division II, where it was national champions in 1996 and 1998. After Division II was dissolved as an NCAA classification for hockey, the Chargers spent one season as a Division I independent before joining the fledgling College Hockey America in 1999-2000.

Through it all, Doug Ross was the program's only coach until he announced his retirement at the end of the 2006-07 season. Ross capped his career by leading UAH to its first Division I NCAA Tournament bid, after it won the CHA tournament championship.

Danton Cole took over as coach for three seasons, until he left as the CHA disbanded. Chris Luongo was named head coach last season, and the team went 4-26-2 in the first season of its return to independent status.

Penn State will join UAH as an independent in 2012-13, though it will spend only one year with that status before becoming part of the new Big Ten hockey conference. There has been recent talk that Notre Dame will choose to become an independent in 2013-14. Both of those schools have much more clout, and much more ability to survive as independents.

Monday, August 29, 2011

NCHC headquarters to be housed in Colorado Springs

The new National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which will begin competition in the 2013-14 season, announced today that it will locate its headquarters office in Colorado Springs.

The athletic directors of the Conference's six founding institutions accepted an invitation from El Pomar Foundation and determined the Conference's first commissioner and staff will operate all functions of league administration from the Colorado Springs office in the Copper Building (1631 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906), adjacent to the grounds of the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel. The conference's six founding members are Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, 2011 NCAA champion University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota.

"El Pomar founders Spencer and Julie Penrose were enthusiastic supporters of college hockey in Colorado Springs and the trustees of El Pomar are pleased to honor that legacy by supporting the National Collegiate Hockey Conference as it establishes a headquarters here," said William J. Hybl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of El Pomar Foundation. "Colorado Springs benefits greatly from the presence of numerous sports-related organizations and we believe this new endeavor will add to an already important economic component of our city."

"We are very grateful to Bill Hybl and El Pomar Foundation for their enthusiastic interest in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference," said Brian Faison, Director of Athletics at North Dakota. "The Foundation's track record of support for higher education, nonprofits and amateur sports has been exemplary, and we are proud to be working with them to provide the best collegiate hockey competition in the country. It's an ideal setting with unmatched advantages that will create a perfect environment for everything we hope to achieve and to represent."

Colorado Springs is a popular location for sports organization headquarters including the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympics, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and 21 national sports governing bodies.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Five CCHA schools offered WCHA spots

Five CCHA member institutions - the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green State University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University and Western Michigan University - have been extended invitations to join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2013-14 season.

The offer was made today on behalf of the presidents of the six WCHA teams that will comprise Western Collegiate Hockey Association membership following the 2012-13 season. It comes on the heels of a meeting with representatives of the 11 schools from the two leagues on August 23 in Chicago.

As it stands currently, the six teams that will constitute the WCHA following the 2012-13 season are University of Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State University, Michigan Technological University, Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University and Northern Michigan University, which accepted an offer to join the WCHA beginning in 2013-14 back on July 20.

As a condition of this potential membership process moving forward, the WCHA-member presidents set a 30-day response timeline for acceptance. The WCHA and CCHA have also agreed to continue to hold regular talks to address such topics as by-laws, scheduling, tournament scenarios, finances and additional membership.

Monday, August 22, 2011

A cringe-worthy time for college teams in race for top talent

It might be time for us to get out some asterisks or some other notation for our list of college hockey-related players selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

That’s because in the give and take that is the often tenuous relationship between college hockey and major juniors, there has been an awful lot of giving by the NCAA side lately.

The top three names on that list have recently either left college for the CHL or pulled their college commitment to head to major juniors.

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, the 14th pick in June’s draft by Dallas, left Northeastern after one season to sign with Saginaw.

Forward J.T. Miller, who was on his way to North Dakota in the fall, instead is headed to Plymouth after being picked 15th by the New York Rangers.

Connor Murphy has backed out of his commitment to Miami and will play next season for Sarnia. The defenseman was the 20th pick by Phoenix.

It doesn’t end there. Goaltender John Gibson, the 39th overall pick by Anaheim, was headed to Michigan until he changed course and signed with Kitchener, leading to this deliberate, one-sentence statement issued by Wolverines coach Red Berenson: “John Gibson has decided not to attend the University of Michigan or to play college hockey.”

And forward Reid Boucher joined Murphy with Sarnia, ending his commitment to Michigan State. He was a fourth-round pick, No. 99 overall, by New Jersey.

That’s five of the top 23 once-college-related picks in the draft gone to major juniors.

We don’t always track the comings and goings of players before they actually reach campus, but when things start to become trends, it’s time to pay attention.

It’s enticing to wonder whether college hockey’s summer of upheaval has given those on the major juniors side some marketing material, especially when you consider that four of the five college teams impacted by those moves will be on the move in 2013 (North Dakota, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State). But you’d hope that the schools would have had some rebuttal, given how adamant they’ve been that the conference shift will be for the better for their side.

That’s not the only part of the issue, of course, and I’m still a believer that we shouldn’t use broad strokes with the college-versus-major junior debate. College is right for some players; major junior is right for others. When talent departs in a group like we’ve seen in the past weeks, however, it’s cringe-worthy for anyone on the college side of things.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Ohio St., Michigan to meet outdoors


CLEVELAND -- The bitter Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is about to get really icy.

The two schools will play an outdoor hockey game at Progressive Field -- home of the Cleveland Indians -- on Sunday, Jan. 15. The matchup, dubbed "The Frozen Diamond Faceoff" is part of the Indians’ Snow Days promotion at the ballpark, a two-month winter-themed event that drew over 50,000 fans in its first year. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will play on a regulation-sized rink situated on the Indians’ infield.

The teams will meet in Columbus on Jan. 13 before playing the first outdoor college hockey game in Ohio history.

Last December, the Wolverines hosted Michigan State in "The Big Chill at the Big House," a game that drew more than 100,000 fans to Michigan’s mammoth football stadium.

The Frozen Diamond Faceoff will be the first hockey game in Progressive Field history and the first outdoor college hockey game in Ohio. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)-sanctioned game will be the second of a two-game series between the two schools.

"Last winter, Indians Snow Days allowed over 50,000 Indians fans to create memories with their families,” Indians President Mark Shapiro said. “We are excited that the return of Indians Snow Days and the addition of the Frozen Diamond Faceoff will allow even more fans to create wintertime memories at Progressive Field.”

"An event at a venue like Progressive Field is great for both the institutions and the league as a whole," CCHA Commissioner Fred Pletsch said. "We’re looking forward to coming to Cleveland this January to see a terrific rivalry showcased in a distinctive and memorable setting.”

Tickets to Indians Snow Days and The Frozen Diamond Faceoff will go on sale to the general public on Nov. 14.

Monday, August 15, 2011

U.S. Under-17 Select Team Tops Switzerland, 5-1, at 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament

Ryan Siroky (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) logged a goal and two assists, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team topped Switzerland, 5-1, in its final game of the 2011 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.


Team USA finished the tournament in first place after posting an undefeated 4-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.

"The players deserve all the credit in going undefeated," said Bob Corkum, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "They bought into the system and concept of togetherness that our coaching staff preached en route to the title."


The U.S. jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead with goals from Michael Turner (Oak Park, Ill.), Daniel Vanderwiel (Island Lake, Ill.) and Vinni Lettieri (Excelsior, Minn.). Switzerland trimmed the U.S. lead to two with a power-play tally near the end of the opening frame, but would get no closer.


Eight minutes into the second period, Siroky restored Team USA's three-goal advantage with his third goal of the tournament. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the stanza, Gabe Guertler (Plantation, Fla.) pushed the U.S. lead to 5-1 with the final goal of the event.


U.S. goaltender Devin Williams (Saginaw, Mich.) blanked Switzerland in the second and third periods, as he turned aside 33 shots overall including making 19 saves in the third period alone.


NOTES: The U.S. went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Switzerland was 1-for-4 with the man advantage ... Ryan Siroky (3-3) and Andrew Oglevie (Fullerton, Calif./0-6) tied for the U.S. team lead and were tied for second among all tournament participants with six points in four games ... Daniel Vanderwiel led Team USA with four goals in four games ... Bob Corkum served as head coach, while Pat Mikesch served as assistant coach for the 2011 U.S. Under-17 Select Team.

Monday, August 08, 2011

SUNYAC schools to go to four-man officiating system

There will be four on-ice officials for all SUNYAC games next season, new coordinator of officials Jeff Fulton told USCHO on Friday.

League officials voted Friday to approve the four-man system for the regular season and playoffs.

This is significant for college hockey since we are the first NCAA D-III conference to adopt the 2-and-2 officiating system as D-I does,” said Fulton. “There are numerous benefits to the 2-and-2 versus the 2-and-1 system.”

Monday, August 01, 2011

Mercyhurst's Holmstrom Transferring to Penn State

Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year Taylor Holmstrom has decided to transfer from Mercyhurst to Penn State.

Holmstrom joins a sprinkling of other players doing the same, including fellow Laker Nate Jensen, though he is the biggest catch for Penn State so far. Holmstrom was recruited by Bowling Green and Dartmouth, and lived up to expectations in his freshman season.

The pair is taking advantage of loophole to NCAA rules, that allows them to play for Penn State's club program this coming season instead of sitting out the NCAA's mandatory one-year waiting period that normally applies to transfers.

That news is good for Penn State, but damages Mercyhurst.

"It's terrible. We were totally blindsided by this," Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin said.

"I am heartbroken. I love those two kids. I thought we had a great relationship. We like these kids very much and were looking forward to having them."

Guy Gadowsky, who was named Penn State's first coach, will be coaching the club team. Penn State becomes a full-fledged NCAA Division I team in 2012-13, starting out as an independent before joining the Big Ten in 2013-14.

Holmstrom, who played in the USHL for Omaha and Youngstown, had 9 goals and 33 points last season for the Lakers.

The transfers have raised concern among some in the college hockey community, particularly Penn State's ability to take advantage of the transfer-period loophole to lure players.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Broncos name NHL veteran Murray new head coach

Veteran NHL coach Andy Murray has signed a five-year contract to coach Western Michigan, the school announced Tuesday.

He replaces Jeff Blashill, who left after one season to become an assistant coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.

The hiring of Murray, who has 20 years of coaching experience in the NHL, comes as the Broncos eye a change in conferences as part of the major shakeup scheduled for 2013.

Consistent with our stated goals of competing at the highest levels of Division I ice hockey and of winning a hockey national championship this decade, Andy’s hiring is another clear signal our university is seriously engaged in achieving this coveted pinnacle,” Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard said in a statement.

Assistant coaches Pat Ferschweiler and Rob Facca will remain under Murray, who last coached the St. Louis Blues from 2006 to 2010.

The 60-year-old Murray, who reportedly turned down the head coaching job at Rensselaer in 2006, has 10 seasons of head coaching experience in the NHL with Los Angeles and St. Louis and has also been an assistant in Philadelphia, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

Murray’s only collegiate coaching experience came at Brandon University in Canada back in 1979.

His three children all played college hockey. Brady Murray played two seasons at North Dakota, Jordy Murray played three years at Wisconsin and Sarah Murray won two national championships in four seasons at Minnesota-Duluth.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reported Monday that Murray will receive a contract similar to the $275,000-per-year deal Blashill received in April.



Monday, July 25, 2011

Northern Michigan granted full approval to join WCHA in 2013

The WCHA announced Wednesday that former conference member Northern Michigan will be re-joining the league starting with the 2013–14 season after being approved for membership in a conference call of league members held earlier last week.

The Wildcats, who won the Division I national championship in 1991 while a member of the WCHA, were part of the league from 1984–85 through 1996–97 when they left for the CCHA.

We couldn’t be more excited about welcoming back Northern Michigan University to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association family,” said WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod in a press release. “We were naturally disappointed when the Wildcats left the WCHA in 1997 after a successful 13-year partnership, but it’s wonderful to again have them on board as a sixth association member beginning with the 2013–14 season.

Northern Michigan is a first-class institution with a great college hockey tradition, enthusiastic fans and a supportive community in Marquette. This is a great fit for both of us — again — and we all look forward to NMU’s highly-skilled, tenacious style of hockey further enhancing an already-great brand of WCHA hockey.”


Friday, July 22, 2011

CCHA ANNOUNCES 2011-12 composite SCHEDULE

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced the schedule for its 41st season of play which includes 154 conference games.

2011-12 CCHA Composite Schedule as of 7/19/11

All times are local (Fairbanks is on Alaska Time)
All times are local and are at 7:05 p.m. unless noted. All dates and times are subject to change.
* - Non-conference game. # - Exhibition.

Saturday, October 1
Lake Superior at Alabama-Huntsville, 7:00 p.m. *
Toronto vs. Western Michigan # (Muskegon)
Windsor at Ohio State #
Ontario Institute of Technology at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. #
NAIT at Alaska #

Sunday, October 2
Lake Superior at Alabama-Huntsville, 3:00 p.m. *
Windsor at Miami, 3:05 p.m. #
Toronto at Ferris State, 3:05 p.m. #
Ontario Institute of Technology at Bowling Green, 4:05 p.m. #
Western Ontario at Notre Dame, 6:05 p.m. # (Joyce Center)

Monday, October 3
Western Ontario at Michigan State, TBA #
U.S. NTDP Under 18 at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. #

Tuesday, October 4
Niagara at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *

Friday, October 7
Alaska vs. St. Cloud State (Kendall Hockey Classic at Anchorage), 5:07 p.m. *
Ferris State at St. Lawrence, 7:00 p.m. *
Michigan State vs. Boston College (Ice Breaker Tournament at Grand Forks), TBA *
Quinnipiac at Ohio State *
Connecticut at Bowling Green *
Alabama-Huntsville at Western Michigan *
Northern Michigan at Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. *
Notre Dame at Minnesota-Duluth, 7:07 p.m. *
Bentley at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *
Bemidji State at Miami, 7:35 p.m. *

Saturday, October 8
Alaska vs. Clarkson (Kendall Hockey Classic at Anchorage), 4:07 p.m. *
Ferris State at St. Lawrence, 4:30 p.m. *
Michigan State vs. North Dakota/Air Force (Ice Breaker Tournament at Grand Forks) *
Quinnipiac at Ohio State *
Connecticut at Bowling Green *
Alabama-Huntsville at Western Michigan *
Bemidji State at Miami *
Northern Michigan at Wisconsin, 7:07 p.m. *
Notre Dame at Minnesota-Duluth, 7:07 p.m. *
Bentley at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *

Thursday, October 13
St. Lawrence at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *

Friday, October 14
Michigan State at Lake Superior State
Ohio State at Notre Dame (Joyce Center)
Bowling Green at Alabama-Huntsville, 7:00 p.m. *
Western Michigan at Union, 7:00 p.m. *
Miami at Colgate, 7:00 p.m. *
RPI at Ferris State *
St. Cloud State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *
Mercyhurst at Alaska (Brice Alaska Goal Rush at Fairbanks), 8:05 p.m. *

Saturday, October 15
Michigan State at Lake Superior State
Ohio State at Notre Dame (Joyce Center)
Bowling Green at Alabama-Huntsville, 7:00 p.m. *
Western Michigan at Union, 7:00 p.m. *
Miami at Colgate, 7:00 p.m. *
RPI at Ferris State *
Nebraska-Omaha at Alaska (Brice Alaska Goal Rush) *
St. Cloud State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *

Thursday, October 20
Ohio State at Michigan State, TBA

Friday, October 21
Ohio State at Michigan State, TBA
Miami at Ferris State
Bowling Green at Lake Superior
Western Michigan at Alaska
Michigan at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
RPI at Notre Dame, 7:35 p.m. * (Arena TBD)

Saturday, October 22
Miami at Ferris State
Bowling Green at Lake Superior
Western Michigan at Alaska
Michigan at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.

Thursday, October 27
Alaska at Ohio State
Ferris State at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Lake Superior at Miami, 7:35 p.m.

Friday, October 28
Alaska at Ohio State
Northern Michigan at Western Michigan
Notre Dame at Bowling Green
Lake Superior at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Ferris State at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Robert Morris at Michigan State, TBA *

Saturday, October 29
Northern Michigan at Western Michigan
Notre Dame at Bowling Green
Robert Morris at Michigan State, TBA *

Friday, November 4
Miami at Alaska
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Western Michigan at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Notre Dame at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ohio State at Alabama-Huntsville, 7:00 p.m. *
Bemidji State at Lake Superior *

Saturday, November 5
Miami at Alaska
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Notre Dame at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Western Michigan at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ohio State at Alabama-Huntsville, 7:00 p.m. *
Bemidji State at Lake Superior *

Friday, November 11
Michigan State at Western Michigan
Northern Michigan at Ohio State, TBA
Lake Superior at Ferris State
Alaska at Notre Dame (Compton Family Ice Arena)
Michigan at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Canisius at Bowling Green *

Saturday, November 12
Alaska at Notre Dame (Compton Family Ice Arena)
Michigan State at Western Michigan
Northern Michigan at Ohio State
Michigan at Miami
Lake Superior at Ferris State
Canisius at Bowling Green, 4:05 p.m. *

Tuesday, November 15
Western Michigan at Notre Dame

Friday, November 18
Bowling Green at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Michigan State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ohio State at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ferris State at Alaska, 7:35 p.m.
Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:35 p.m. *

Saturday, November 19
Bowling Green at Miami
Michigan State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ohio State at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Ferris State at Alaska, 7:35 p.m.
Lake Superior at Cansius, 12:35 p.m. *
Sunday, November 20
Lake Superior at Canisius, 3:05 p.m. *

Tuesday, November 22
Notre Dame at Western Michigan

Friday, November 25
Notre Dame at Lake Superior
Alaska at Bowling Green
Minnesota at Michigan State, TBA *
Miami vs. Providence (Denver Cup), TBA*
Northeastern at Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *

Saturday, November 26
Notre Dame at Lake Superior
Alaska at Bowling Green
Minnesota at Michigan State, TBA *
Miami at Denver (Denver Cup), 7:07 p.m. *

Sunday, November 27
Union at Michigan, TBA *

Friday, December 2
Bowling Green at Michigan State, TBA
Lake Superior at Ohio State
Western Michigan at Ferris State
Michigan at Alaska
Miami at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Northeastern at Notre Dame *

Saturday, December 3
Bowling Green at Michigan State, TBA
Lake Superior at Ohio State
Ferris State at Western Michigan
Michigan at Alaska
Miami at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Northeastern at Notre Dame *

Friday, December 9
Miami at Ohio State
Notre Dame at Ferris State
Northern Michigan at Lake Superior
Western Michigan at Bowling Green
Michigan State at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, December 10
Michigan at Michigan State, TBA
Ohio State at Miami
Ferris State at Notre Dame
Northern Michigan at Lake Superior
Bowling Green at Western Michigan

Friday, December 16
Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. *

Thursday, December 29
Lake Superior vs. RIT, 4:05 p.m. (Catamount Cup at Burlington) *
Ferris State at Vermont (Catamount Cup at Burlington) *
Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech (Great Lakes Invitational @ Joe Louis Arena), TBA *
Michigan vs. Boston College (Great Lakes Invitational @ Joe Louis Arena), TBA *
Western Michigan at St. Cloud, 7:07 p.m. *

Friday, December 30
Ferris State vs. RIT (Catamount Cup at Burlington), 4:05 p.m. *
Lake Superior at Vermont (Catamount Cup at Burlington) *
Michigan State vs. Michigan/Boston College (Great Lakes Invitational @ Joe Louis Arena), TBA *
Michigan vs. Michigan State/Michigan Tech (Great Lakes Invitational @ Joe Louis Arena), TBA *
Western Michigan at St. Cloud, 7:07 p.m. *
Ohio State at Robert Morris (Consol Arena in Pittsburgh) (RMU Hockey Showcase), 7:35 p.m. *
Bowling Green at Bemidji St., 7:37 p.m. *
Russian Red Stars at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. #

Saturday, December 31
Boston University at Notre Dame *
Bowling Green at Bemidji St., 7:07 p.m. *

Monday, January 2
Western Ontario at Lake Superior, TBA #

Tuesday, January 3
Russian Red Stars at Notre Dame #

Friday, January 6
Miami at Michigan State, TBA
Lake Superior at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Alaska at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Minnesota-Duluth at Western Michigan *
Colgate at Ferris State *

Saturday, January 7
Ohio State at Bowling Green
Miami at Michigan State, TBA
Lake Superior at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Alaska at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Colgate at Ferris State, 4:05 p.m. *
Minnesota-Duluth at Western Michigan *
Notre Dame at Minnesota (Hall of Fame Game), 7:07 p.m. *

Sunday, January 8
Ohio State at Bowling Green, 5:05 p.m.

Friday, January 13
Northern Michigan at Michigan State, TBA
Michigan at Ohio State
Miami at Lake Superior
Alaska at Ferris State
Western Michigan at Notre Dame

Saturday, January 14
Northern Michigan at Michigan State, TBA
Michigan at Ohio State
Miami at Lake Superior
Alaska at Ferris State
Notre Dame at Western Michigan

Friday, January 20
Lake Superior at Michigan State, TBA
Ferris State at Ohio State
Michigan at Notre Dame
Bowling Green at Alaska
Western Michigan at Miami, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, January 21
Lake Superior at Michigan State, TBA
Ferris State at Ohio State
Western Michigan at Miami
Michigan at Notre Dame
Bowling Green at Alaska
Northern Michigan at Michigan Tech, 7:07 p.m. *

Friday, January 27
Michigan State at Ferris State
Ohio State at Lake Superior
Notre Dame at Alaska
Bowling Green at Western Michigan
Northern Michigan at Miami, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, January 28
Western Michigan at Bowling Green
Michigan State at Ferris State
Ohio State at Lake Superior
Northern Michigan at Miami
Notre Dame at Alaska

Friday, February 3
Michigan State at Ohio State
Miami at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Bowling Green at Notre Dame
Alaska at Western Michigan
Ferris State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
U.S. NTDP at Lake Superior #

Saturday, February 4
Michigan State at Ohio State
Miami at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Bowling Green at Notre Dame
Alaska at Western Michigan
Ferris State at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.

Friday, February 10
Michigan at Michigan State, TBA
Ohio State at Western Michigan
Ferris State at Notre Dame
Northern Michigan at Bowling Green
Lake Superior at Alaska
Alabama-Huntsville at Miami, 7:35 p.m. *

Saturday, February 11
Ohio State at Western Michigan
Notre Dame at Ferris State
Northern Michigan at Bowling Green
Lake Superior at Alaska
Michigan State vs. Michigan, 7:35 p.m. (Joe Louis Arena)
Alabama-Huntsville at Miami *

Friday, February 17
Alaska at Michigan State, TBA
Bowling Green at Ferris State
Western Michigan at Lake Superior
Northern Michigan at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Notre Dame at Miami, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, February 18
Alaska at Michigan State, TBA
Notre Dame at Miami
Bowling Green at Ferris State
Western Michigan at Lake Superior
Northern Michigan at Michigan, 7:35 p.m.

Friday, February 24
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Ferris State at Western Michigan
Michigan at Bowling Green
Ohio State at Miami, 7:35 p.m.
Lake Superior at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Alaska at Alaska-Anchorage, 7:07 p.m. (Governor’s Cup) *

Saturday, February 25
Michigan State at Notre Dame
Miami at Ohio State
Western Michigan at Ferris State
Michigan at Bowling Green
Lake Superior at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m.
Alaska-Anchorage at Alaska (Governor’s Cup) *

Friday, March 2
CCHA Playoffs – First Round Campus Sites

Saturday, March 3
CCHA Playoffs – First Round Campus Sites

Sunday, March 4
CCHA Playoffs – First Round Campus Sites

Friday, March 9
CCHA Playoffs – Quarterfinals at Campus Sites

Saturday, March 10
CCHA Playoffs – Quarterfinals at Campus Sites

Sunday, March 11
CCHA Playoffs – Quarterfinals at Campus Sites

Friday, March 16
CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena

Saturday, March 17
CCHA Championship at Joe Louis Arena

Monday, July 18, 2011

Powerhouse programs form new college hockey league

Six of the top college hockey programs will become the National Collegiate Hockey Conference at the start of the 2013-14 season.

NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth, Colorado College, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will join current Central Collegiate Hockey Association member Miami of Ohio, the schools announced Wednesday.

The priorities for the conference include hiring a commissioner and adding new members. North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison says the league is interested adding Notre Dame and there have been conversations with the school.

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