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The NCHA and WIAC announced Tuesday that the two conferences have reached an agreement that will see the WIAC members leave the NCHA following the upcoming 2012-13 season – a year earlier than originally planned.

According to a news release, the conferences elected to expedite the departure of the WIAC members due primarily to the scheduling complications that would result if the WIAC members remained through the 2013-14 academic year.

“After considerable discussion, it was determined that it was in the best interest of both the NCHA and the WIAC to move up the departure date,” NCHA commisioner Bill Kronschnabel and WIAC commissioner Gary Karner said in a joint statement. “In so doing, both conferences can begin immediately to stabilize their respective memberships and to develop long-term scheduling agreements.”

The WIAC members withdrawing from the NCHA are Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin-River Falls, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin-Superior.

  • BadgerHockey

    I’m not a big fan of this move.  It is representative of Wisconsin’s monolithic university “system” in which a larger degree of central planning is done that in other states with public universities, such as Michigan where there is no university “system.”  This is clearly a move to save money by the UW System, but it seems penny-wise.  They get to oust St. Scholastica at the price of reducing Wisconsin’s DIII state teams to an in-state club league.  Not sure where the savings are there.  I wouldn’t say if Wisconsin was a hockey hot-bed like Michigan or Minnesota, but it’s not even in the top 10 states for per-capita hockey players.  This move simply further marginalizes the DIII state teams.  At least we have MSOE.

  • Yooperhockey

    The WIAC must be like minded schools just like the NCHC.