One day remains before the 2012-13 season opens, the final one for the 12-team WCHA, and Minnesota Duluth is home with the CCHA’s Ohio State Buckeyes. (Michigan Tech gets an early start with a game Thursday at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
The News Tribune talked with WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod about the end of a chapter in the league’s history for a story here.
A bunch of new faces for the Bulldogs. So let’s look at the lineup being used this week at practice:
Cody Danberg-Jake Hendrickson-Keegan Flaherty
Justin Crandall-Caleb Herbert-Mike Seidel
Dan DeLisle-Max Tardy-Adam Krause
Austin Farley-Tony Cameranesi-Joe Basaraba
Charlie Sampair-Cal Decowski-Austyn Young
Wade Bergman-Chris Casto
Drew Olson-Andy Welinski
Luke McManus-Tim Smith
Willie Corrin-Derik Johnson
Aaron Crandall, Matt McNeely, Alex Fons
UMD has met Ohio State just three times in history (0-2-1), but will see the Buckeyes again next season for a series in Columbus, Ohio. The Bulldogs will have 10 non-league games entering the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. UMD will also face Minnesota (possibly in a home-and-home series), and will be home against Notre Dame and Michigan Tech. And the Bulldogs will be part of the inaugural Minnesota Cup event in January of 2014 at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, which will include four of Minnesota’s five Division I teams on a rotating basis. (It’s believed UMD will face Minnesota State-Mankato.)
UMD is in a four-year contract agreement with Notre Dame, which includes participating in the Ice Breaker Tournament in South Bend, Ind., in 2014-15.
Game notes for the UMD-Ohio State series from the UMD sports information office here.
College Hockey News provides a WCHA team-by-team preview right here.
Also a new feature in the WCHA will be a weekly ranking of league teams by media representatives. That will be available right here.