The WCHA has invited the leftover CCHA teams — minus Notre Dame — to join the league for 2013-14 both conference have confirmed.
It’s pretty much a slam dunk that Lake Superior State, Bowling Green, Alaska and Ferris State will accept the invitations. The big question is whether Western Michigan will, or whether the Broncos will be invited by the NCHC. They have 30 days to decide.
NCHC and Big Ten teams have to be happy about this development as it will take away one automatic bid, freeing up one more at-large team to get into the NCAA tournament.
It also solidifies a strong league for the rest of the WCHA and CCHA members. If they were left with six teams, both leagues would always have to worry about becoming the old CHA.
For more on this development, read the story at College Hockey News, which broke the story.