(left) University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi set the wheels in motion for the Super League when Minnesota left for the Big Ten Hockey Conference
From: Brainerd Dispatch
by Mike Bialka
In a few years college hockey may be almost unrecognizable.
Earlier this year the Big Ten announced it would form a hockey conference in two seasons, with Minnesota and Wisconsin leaving the 50-year-old WCHA to play with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that the WCHA will lose five more schools to a new league in two years. The Grand Forks Herald reported Thursday that Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota will leave to join Miami University in the so-called Super League.
The newspaper also reported the new league, which might also include Notre Dame, is expected to be announced Wednesday. The new league would leave the WCHA with five teams — Alaska Anchorage, Bemidji State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State Mankato and St. Cloud State.
University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi, in an interview believed a Big Ten hockey conference was inevitable.
“Today it’s a business, it’s about television, it’s about access,” Maturi said.
“I was a little surprised, to be honest, that other teams would leave the WCHA and form a conference on their own,” he added. “I understand the logic. I’m certainly respectful of those institutions. I just hope the sport of hockey hangs in there with those teams. They’re either going to have to join the remaining CCHA and WCHA teams and form a conference.
“The sport of hockey has been good to me, and certainly to the state of Minnesota. Coach (Don) Lucia and I are going to meet Tuesday to discuss our non-conference schedule. We would like to continue to play our in-state rivals on an annual basis if at all possible.”