So what better time than to look at 2013-14, right?
On Thursday, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference unveiled its logo and other league information during a press conference in St. Paul.
Closer to home, the WCHA unveiled its conference schedule for next season, one that includes Alabama-Huntsville as a full member with 28 league games.
For Minnesota State, which won't release it's entire schedule with nonconference games until after the season (opponents, I believe will be at Minnesota, vs. UConn, at Providence and at the Minnesota Cup (working title) tournament; dates TBA), here is its slate of games in the "new" WCHA (home games in bold):
Nov. 1-2 at Bemidji State
Nov. 8-9 vs. Bowling Green
Nov. 22-23 at Bowling Green
Nov. 29-30 vs. Alaska Anchorage
Dec. 6-7 vs. Northern Michigan
Dec. 13-14 at Alabama Huntsville
Jan. 3-4 at Alaska
Jan. 10-11 at Alaska Anchorage
Jan. 17-18 vs. Ferris State
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Northern Michigan
Feb. 7-8 vs. Bemidji State
Feb. 14-15 vs. Alabama Huntsville
Feb. 28-March 1 at Lake Superior
March 7-8 vs. Michigan Tech
The interesting trip will be after the new year when the Mavericks play back-to-back road series in Alaska. That will be a 12-day road trip, I'm told, with the team leaving on a Wednesday and returning two Sundays later.
Now back to your regularly scheduled excitement about the current hockey season.