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New college hockey league invites St. Cloud State and Western Michigan to join

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 2:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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New college hockey league invites St. Cloud State and Western Michigan to join

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has invited St. Cloud State and Western Michigan to join the new Division I men's hockey conference when it starts play in 2013-14.

St. Cloud State is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Michigan is in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

They would join founding members Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota in the NCHC.

The league, which was born in response to the Big Ten's fledgling hockey league taking Minnesota and Wisconsin from the WCHA, is conducting a national search for its first commissioner.

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