Friday, June 26, 2009

WCHA to Add Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha

In a move predicted in our previous post, the WCHA will admit Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The newspaper is reporting that the Beavers and Mavericks will be the 11th and 12th WCHA teams, beginning with the 2010-11 season, one year earlier than expected.

This development comes just two weeks after UNO hired former University of North Dakota head coach Dean Blais as the Mavericks' new bench boss. Sources told Let's Play Hockey that part of Blais' negotiations with UNO centered around the Mavericks accepting the WCHA's offer to switch conferences from the CCHA.

The WCHA has scheduled a media teleconference for 5 p.m., (CT) today.

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