Friday, September 23, 2011
And On and On ...
The college hockey shuffle continues. Now Western Michigan and St. Cloud State have been extended invitations to join the nascent National Collegiate Hockey Conference starting in 2013-14, and both the Broncos and Huskies have accepted:
SCSU was expected to stay with what remained of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, but guess not. WMU seemed to be hedging its bets upon what still-undecided Notre Dame did, but apparently the Broncos got the invite they supposedly coveted all along. The Irish could still go to the NCHC, the WCHA, the Big Ten, or even Hockey East, but they're in no rush.
Bowling Green has yet to decide where it will end up, or whether it will try to somehow keep the vanishing CCHA going, while independent Alabama-Huntsville is still awaiting an invitation to anywhere.
The merry go-round continues less than two weeks before the 2011-12 campaign kicks off, and two years before all the recent Division I reconfiguration officially goes into effect. Almost makes me long for the Hockey East-WCHA interlocking schedule agreement during my undergraduate days at BC. Almost.