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NCHA and WIAC agree on early departure

NCHA and WIAC agree on early departure

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced today that the two conferences have reached an agreement that will result in the WIAC members leaving the NCHA following the 2012-13 season, a year earlier than originally planned.

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. The NCHA men's conference will conclude its two-year schedule rotation and the NCHA women's conference will conclude its four-year schedule rotation at the end of the 2012-13 season.

NCHA Commisioner Bill Kronschnabel and WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner released the following statement: "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. 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 UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Superior