icehockey-men-d1 flag

Minnesota State-Mankato Athletics | July 14, 2016

MSU-Mankato considering conference affiliation options

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenportannounced today that in recent weeks he has helped guide an institutional process in which the University has examined alternative membership affiliation options for its men's ice hockey program. Examination of these has included recent application to become a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).

The decision to explore possible NCHC membership was made after extensive institutional deliberation about the future direction of Maverick hockey, and was a process in which Davenport communicated with WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson about MSU's plans to consider other conference affiliation options. 

"We have certainly enjoyed our longstanding relationship with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)," said Davenport, "and our relationship with the WCHA and all of its league members remains strong." Davenport also noted, "With an eye to the future, we wanted to be proactive in seeking what's best for the University and believe that now is the right time to consider all conference affiliation options for our men's hockey program."

Davenport was uncertain about a timeline of when any assessment internally or by others would be complete.  He did emphasize that application to the NCHC was a very preliminary step, which would require a great deal of additional due diligence from everyone involved.  "I would characterize submitting the application as the beginning of the process, while we explore possibilities with the NCHC."

Mailbag: Answering college hockey fans' questions for this season, so far

What’s wrong with the Wisconsin men’s team of late? How can the Ohio State women’s team consistently compete against the top of the WCHA? All those questions and many more are answered in this week’s college hockey mailbag.
READ MORE

College hockey bracketology: How things look less than three months from the Frozen Four

The Frozen Four is about three months away. What better time to get caught up on all things bracketology than now? We've got you covered as college hockey takes on the new year.
READ MORE

5 hot storylines to follow in college hockey from now to the Frozen Four

First-time NCAA tournament appearances, trend-setting defensemen and a potentially historic Hobey Baker race are some of the top college hockey storylines to follow through the 2020 Frozen Four.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners