This was Friday’s official greeting from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to Penn State on its announcement of adding varsity men’s and women’s hockey in 2012-13. The WCHA toots its own horn in the release:
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, founded in 1951 and long a leader in promoting the growth and well-being of collegiate ice hockey, extends its best wishes to Penn State University following todayâ€™s announcement on the formation of new Division 1 menâ€™s and womenâ€™s ice hockey programs. The WCHA owns a record 36 menâ€™s national championships and a record 11 consecutive womenâ€™s national titles.
â€œAnytime we receive news like this we are all excited,â€ said Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, â€œand on behalf of the entire membership of the WCHA, we welcome Penn State to the world of college hockey and wish them all the best.
â€œIt is an affirmation of the strength of our game that such a prestigious institution would choose to add a program at this time and it is indeed a great day for hockey. The institutions that make up the WCHA are committed to the future of college hockey and the addition of Penn State is another positive step in that direction.â€