McLeod: Next year is “probably” his last

WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod told a group of administrators and coaches at the Florida meetings last week that next year is “probably” his last as commissioner, multiple sources have confirmed to the Herald.

It was not a surprising revelation for league administrators, as McLeod hinted to some of them a couple of months ago that he would likely be done after 2013-14.

Preliminary discussions have already started on how the league should proceed in the future, specifically whether the men’s and women’s side will have separate commissioners.

WCHA women’s commissioner Sara Martin has told league members she will step aside after next season, a source says, so there will likely be an overhaul at the top of the league.

McLeod is about to enter his 20th season as head of the WCHA — overseeing both the golden era of the league, as well as the breakup.

The WCHA’s most profitable members — North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska Omaha, Minnesota Duluth, Denver, Colorado College and St. Cloud State — all are leaving the league next season for other conferences.

The WCHA is adding Alaska (Fairbanks), Alabama Huntsville, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan to join Minnesota State-Mankato, Alaska Anchorage, Michigan Tech and Bemidji State.

UND will continue to be a member of the WCHA on the women’s side.

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