St. Norbert College is looking for a new hockey conference. The five Division 3 UW schools in the Northern Collegiate Hockey
Association (NCHA) have informed St. Norbert College and St. Scholastica that they’re leaving for the WIAC to start the 2014-15 season.
The five UW schools playing in NCHA are River Falls, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, Stout and Superior. Their eventual departure leaves St. Norbert and St. Scholastica as the two remaining members in the NCHA. The seven current NCHA members have been playing together since the 1996-97 season.
St. Norbert College Athletic Director Tim Bald said they want closure as soon as possible, without being hasty.
Five of the current seven teams in the NCHA have captured NCAA Division 3 titles. It’s a good hockey league with a lot of talent. That’s why Green Knights coach said he’d be surprised if they didn’t stay together, just in a different league.
What St. Norbert College has going for it is they are one of the premier hockey programs in the entire country. That’s why Coghlin expects they’ll land on their feet.
Today is the last time St. Norbert officials will publicly comment on the conference situation until the season is over. The Knights are currently the top seed in the NCHA playoffs and have a first round bye. They want to concentrate on obtaining the Peters Cup Championship and advancing into the NCAA Tournament.