Five CCHA member institutions - the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green State University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University and Western Michigan University - have been extended invitations to join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2013-14 season.
The offer was made today on behalf of the presidents of the six WCHA teams that will comprise Western Collegiate Hockey Association membership following the 2012-13 season. It comes on the heels of a meeting with representatives of the 11 schools from the two leagues on August 23 in Chicago.
As it stands currently, the six teams that will constitute the WCHA following the 2012-13 season are University of Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State University, Michigan Technological University, Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University and Northern Michigan University, which accepted an offer to join the WCHA beginning in 2013-14 back on July 20.
As a condition of this potential membership process moving forward, the WCHA-member presidents set a 30-day response timeline for acceptance. The WCHA and CCHA have also agreed to continue to hold regular talks to address such topics as by-laws, scheduling, tournament scenarios, finances and additional membership.