Bowling Green to join WCHA

by Andrew Krammer

Bowling Green will be joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2013-14 season.

The WCHA announced the move on Tuesday, giving the league nine members when it is shuffled around in two years.

Holdovers Alaska Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech and Minnesota State Mankato will be joined by Alaska Fairbanks, Ferris State, Bowling Green, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan, according to the Star Tribune.

Eight of the current 12 members will be leaving in the 2013-14 season for other conferences. The Big Ten will be adding WCHA members Minnesota and Wisconsin, while Minnesota-Duluth, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha, Colorado College, North Dakota and St. Cloud State will be joining the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Bowling Green has played in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association since its creation in 1971. It is the final of the founding institutions to leave the conference.