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

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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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