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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

'Super' League Set for '13

In a move first reported to be a real possibility by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald and confirmed by Schlossman on Wednesday, at least six top college hockey programs will leave the CCHA and WCHA in 2013-14 to form a new, yet-to-be-named conference.

Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota have agreed to create the new league, Schlossman reported and Inside College Hockey confirmed. Notre Dame is considering an invitation to join the group and another team could join the Fighting Irish.

Coaches and officials from those schools have declined to comment; an official announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday.

The move is the next domino to follow the formation of a Big Ten men’s hockey conference, which will draw Minnesota and Wisconsin from the WCHA and Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State from the CCHA (plus new program Penn State).

The Big Ten’s March announcement led to widespread speculation about the future of the college hockey landscape, particularly in the CCHA. Notre Dame was considering (and indeed may still be considering) overtures from Hockey East and the WCHA, and Miami may have looked at other options as well.

Now, instead of the college hockey world awaiting Notre Dame’s decision, six other programs – which all made the 2011 NCAA Tournament – have forged ahead. Neither the CCHA nor the WCHA have commented on the reports.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Report: 'Super League' a Reality

The future of the WCHA is in serious doubt Thursday after the news, first reported by the Grand Forks Herald, that North Dakota will be leaving the league to join a rumored start up league beginning with the 2013-14 season.

According to Schlossman, details will be officially announced next week, but it is believed fellow WCHA schools Denver, Colorado College, Nebraska-Omaha and defending national champion Minnesota Duluth will also join the new league, along with Miami of the CCHA.

Notre Dame and Western Michigan could be added later in the summer.

The future landscape of college hockey has been in question since the Big Ten announced earlier this year they would be forming a league of their own. Minnesota and Wisconsin were the first schools to leave the WCHA and were joined by Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State from the CCHA. They will be joined by upstart Penn State, which begins play in 2012-12. That league will begin play in 2013-14 as well.

The formation of the new league will leave the WCHA with just five teams: Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State.

The CCHA is left with Alaska, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan.

Both leagues are one team short of qualifying for an automatic NCAA tournament bid, so the joining of the two leagues would appear to be the next step.

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