Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Major' announcement coming from WCHA

At 1 p.m. today, the WCHA will be making what it's billing as a "major business announcement," and speculation is rampant as to what's coming.

I'll be on the conference call and will report the news, although the early whispers are that this has to do with a change in the league's playoff format and a return to on-campus sites instead of having a Final Five championship weekend. Stay tuned.

While the playoffs are a big concern for the WCHA to figure out, they may not be the biggest issue facing the league this offseason, as I wrote about in my Free Press column today. When you have a member team's best player transferring and blasting the league's style of play on his way out the door, it magnifies a problem that seemed to turn into a trend during the 2015-16 season that followed an excellent '14-15 campaign.

Meanwhile, another concern is the financial situation at the Alaska schools and what that means to their future both academically and athletically.

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