The future of the WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center became a question mark when the Big 10 announced that it was creating a men’s hockey league.
Would the Xcel Center ditch the WCHA in favor of hosting the Big 10 on the same weekend?
Well, for now, it appears that’s not an issue. The Wisconsin State Journal reported this weekend that the Big 10 has decided to play its league championship at the home venue of the highest seed.
That means that the Xcel Center is likely still there for the WCHA, if it wants.
Even though the hometown Gophers will no longer be in the league, I still believe that this is the best option. Minneapolis/St. Paul remains a very central, very accessible location for the league. And on top of that, many of the WCHA schools have huge alumni bases in the Twin Cities.
It’s good for the hometown fans. It’s good for many of the grads who have moved on. It can hold more people than any league venues and maximize profits. And with the Big 10’s decision, it would appear that option is still on the table.