Reports: N. Dakota, NCAA Champ UMD To leave WCHA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Grand Forks Herald is reporting five schools will leave the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in two years to form a new conference.

The Herald cited multiple unnamed sources Thursday in first reporting North Dakota, NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth, Denver, Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha will start a new league. The paper said it in the 2013-14 season with Miami of Ohio of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Omaha World-Herald also reported the creation of the new league, citing an unnamed source.

The WCHA’s landscape was already significantly altered this year when the Big Ten announced the plan to form a hockey conference in two seasons, taking Minnesota and Wisconsin from the 50-year-old league.

Spokesman Doug Spencer tells The Associated Press the WCHA is aware of the reports but will “reserve comment” until “the league feels it is appropriate.”

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  • siouxfan

    wow now maybe the gophers will win a few games

  • Jim

    The Gophers all-time record against the Bulldogs is 129-72-15. So yeah, thank goodness they won’t have to play them anymore. The Bulldogs had one good year, don’t get too excited.

  • doublewide

    Lol Jim! The gophers are terrible. Time to let go of the past and realize the Gophers are no where near the program they were ten years ago.

    • Jim

      Ten years ago the Gophers were pretty good. Nine years ago they were the best team in the country, as they were eight years ago.

      Last year they weren’t the same, I’ll give you that. (I would argue that two games over .500 is not “terrible,” but whatever.) But college hockey, like all college sports, can be very different from year to year. With the amount of turnover on these teams, to say the team is “terrible” in the off season is dumb.

      But that’s beside the point. The point I was making is that the Gophers aren’t exactly sighing with relief that they won’t have to compete against the Duluth Bulldogs to win their conference.

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