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New-look WCHA puts out 2013-14 schedule already -- where are the Gophers?

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under College hockey, Men's hockey, WCHA news Updated: March 8, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Can't fall asleep? You can go through every game of the WCHA schedule for next season, 140 games in all.

Seriously, though, with three new or vastly different leagues -- the WCHA, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Big Ten -- all debuting next season, their publicity machines are already ramping up.

The WCHA, for instance, already has its schedule out. Unbelievable. Critics of the WCHA say it is classy on the ice, but a ma and pa operation at the top.

Maybe that is changing a little, at least.

 Also like WCHA's little dig on Big Ten in its news release: "All league series being played on the traditional hockey nights of Fridays and Saturdays."

The Big Ten will be playing some games on different nights -- Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays probably -- because the Big Ten Network needs programming on those nights.

The NCHC, meanwhile, has a web site up and running and a new logo it trumpeted this week.

“We are truly looking forward to a tremendous season in 2013-14 and all the excitement and interest that the new-look WCHA will generate,” Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod said in a news release this week. “We are extremely pleased with the 28 games per team schedule that will give our fans what they most want, and that’s a majority of league games.

”The WCHA promises to be as intense and competitive as ever across the board and with the addition of new and compelling rivalries to those we maintain, our fans across the country are in for a real treat. We also want to extend a warm welcome to all the fans, family, staff, friends and communities of our six newest teams and know they will enjoy the spirit of pride, passion and commitment that has always been a hallmark of the WCHA.”

The league will announce its postseason tournament sites, dates and details at a news conference at Xcel Energy Center  on Saturday, March 23.

GIDDY ABOUT THE WCHA

Alabama Huntsville, an independent, is thrilled to be the last member added to the WCHA for next season. That happened Jan. 17

Said Chargers AD E.J. Brophy: "We were the last team that didn't have a chair when the music stopped."

And more Brophy, discussing the renewal of the Alabama Huntsville vs. Bemidji State rivalry -- they were both in the defunct College Hockey America conference: "It is Alabama-Auburn football on ice."

That's a little preposterous, but he trying to build up the league. Get that.

Kurt Kleinendorst, the Grand Rapids, Minn., native who is UAH's coach, on his excitement in being in the WCHA: "We now have student-athletes who are calling us, asking if they can play for us."

2013-14 WCHA Men’s Conference Schedule
note: start times will be released as soon as possible, with 7:07 pm and 7:37 pm remaining the norm for league games.)

October

Friday-Saturday, October 25-26
Bemidji State @ Alabama Huntsville
Michigan Tech @ Northern Michigan

November

Friday-Saturday, November 1-2
Ferris State @ Alabama Huntsville
Alaska Anchorage @ Bowling Green
Northern Michigan @ Alaska
Minnesota State @ Bemidji State

Friday-Saturday, November 8-9
Alabama Huntsville @ Alaska Anchorage
Alaska @ Lake Superior
Bemidji State @ Ferris State
Bowling Green @ Minnesota State

Friday-Saturday, November 15-16
Alaska Anchorage @ Bemidji State
Bowling Green @ Ferris State
Lake Superior @ Michigan Tech

Friday-Saturday, November 22-23
Alabama Huntsville @ Northern Michigan
Michigan Tech @ Alaska Anchorage
Alaska @ Ferris State
Lake Superior @ Bemidji State
Minnesota State @ Bowling Green

Friday-Saturday, November 29-30
Alaska Anchorage @ Minnesota State
Michigan Tech @ Alaska
Bowling Green @ Lake Superior
Ferris State @ Northern Michigan

Friday-Saturday, December 6-7
Alabama Huntsville @ Bowling Green
Alaska @ Alaska Anchorage
Bemidji State @ Michigan Tech
Ferris State @ Lake Superior
Northern Michigan @ Minnesota State

Friday-Saturday, December 13-14
Minnesota State @ Alabama Huntsville
Lake Superior @ Alaska Anchorage
Alaska @ Bemidji State
Bowling Green @ Michigan Tech

Friday-Saturday, January 3-4
Bowling Green @ Alabama Huntsville
Minnesota State @ Alaska
Northern Michigan @ Bemidji State
Michigan Tech @ Lake Superior

Friday-Saturday, January 10-11
Minnesota State @ Alaska Anchorage
Alaska @ Bowling Green
Bemidji State @ Lake Superior
Michigan Tech @ Ferris State

Friday-Saturday, January 17-18
Alaska Anchorage @ Alabama Huntsville
Alaska @ Northern Michigan
Ferris State @ Minnesota State

Friday-Saturday, January 24-25
Northern Michigan @ Alaska Anchorage
Bemidji State @ Alaska
Lake Superior @ Bowling Green
Ferris State @ Michigan Tech

Friday-Saturday, January 31-Feb. 1
Alabama Huntsville @ Alaska
Michigan Tech @ Bowling Green
Minnesota State @ Northern Michigan

Friday-Saturday, February 7-8
Alabama Huntsville @ Michigan Tech
Alaska Anchorage @ Lake Superior
Bemidji State @ Minnesota State
Northern Michigan @ Ferris State

Friday-Saturday, February 14-15
Alabama Huntsville @ Minnesota State
Bowling Green @ Alaska Anchorage
Alaska @ Michigan Tech
Ferris State @ Bemidji State
Lake Superior @ Northern Michigan

Friday-Saturday, February 21-22
Lake Superior @ Alabama Huntsville
Alaska Anchorage @ Ferris State
Northern Michigan @ Michigan Tech

Friday-Saturday, February 28-March 1
Alabama Huntsville @ Bemidji State
Ferris State @ Alaska
Bowling Green @ Northern Michigan
Minnesota State @ Lake Superior

Friday-Saturday, March 7-8
Northern Michigan @ Alabama Huntsville
Alaska Anchorage @ Alaska
Bemidji State @ Bowling Green
Lake Superior @ Ferris State
Michigan Tech @ Minnesota State

March 14-16
WCHA First Round Playoffs

March 20-22
WCHA Final Five Playoff Championship

 

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