Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/16/11 at 02:15 PM ET
from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,
Being the commissioner of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, one of the nation’s leading conferences, is ordinarily a pretty good deal. The conference, which has existed since 1971, sends multiple teams to the N.C.A.A. men’s hockey tournament every year and has won 9 of the past 27 national championships.
But since March, when Fred Pletsch was promoted to commissioner, hockey has become the latest N.C.A.A. sport to experience a dramatic shift in conference allegiances.
The movement, which as in football separates haves from have-nots in some cases, spawned two new conferences and does not appear close to being settled.
In the last five months, five of the C.C.H.A.’s 11 teams announced plans to leave. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will join the new Big Ten Conference in 2013-14; Miami of Ohio will be part of the fledgling National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which was announced Wednesday; and Northern Michigan is awaiting member approval to move to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
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