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Published September 22, 2011, 02:45 PM

St. Cloud State to join new hockey conference

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud State is leaving the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to join the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud State is leaving the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to join the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

St. Cloud State President Earl Potter told reporters the change will take place with the 2013-14 season. Western Michigan also said Thursday it will join the new NCHC.

The moves are the latest in a reshuffling of Division I hockey programs since Minnesota and Wisconsin announced in March that they're leaving the WCHA to join the Big Ten hockey conference.

The NCHC was formed in July with North Dakota, Denver University, Colorado College, Miami of Ohio, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota Duluth as founding members.

Bemidji State and Minnesota State Mankato are still in the WCHA, which is trying to woo the remaining CCHA schools to join.

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