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.”