The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 16, 2013

WCHA, Minnesota State preparing for NEW-LOOK LEAGUE

Conference seeking league-wide broadcast package


"There are bells and whistles that fans have come to expect, things that are quickly becoming the standard," Buisman said. "TV is the mainstream, but streaming is certainly catching up. We have to think: Is it the future or is it now?"

In other WCHA news, league supervisor of officials Greg Shepherd is in the process of putting together its officiating staff for the upcoming season., McLeod said. The new conferences have poached a few of the WCHA's referees and linesmen, however, there are former CCHA officials and others available to join the league. McLeod said some officials may do work in multiple conferences.

"At the end of the day, a staff will be in place," McLeod said. "Greg will be able to get good people in place and work with them to make them the best in the country."

McLeod did not elaborate on his future with the WCHA. Although there is speculation that this season will be his last, including a report from the Grand Forks Herald that he told administrators and coaches at April's league meetings in Florida that he is "probably" done, McLeod directed any questions about his status to Davenport.

Meanwhile, two WCHA programs are still looking for head coaches, Alaska Anchorage and Alabama Huntsville.

College hockey shakeup 2013-14 conferences WCHA Alabama Huntsville + Alaska ^ Alaska Anchorage * Bemidji State * Bowling Green ^ Ferris State ^ Lake Superior State ^ Michigan Tech * Minnesota State * Northern Michigan ^ Big Ten Michigan ^ Michigan State ^ Minnesota * Ohio State ^ Penn State + Wisconsin * NCHC Colorado College * Denver * Nebraska Omaha * Miami ^ Minnesota Duluth * North Dakota * St. Cloud State * Western Michigan ^ * = previously in WCHA ^ = previously in CCHA (Notre Dame moving to Hockey East) + = previously independent

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