Less than 24 hours after receiving it, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks have accepted the WCHA's invitation to join and begin play in the 2013-14 season. Good on them and welcome to your big brother's conference.
Here's the most relevant blurbs from the UAF release which came at 4:14 Thursday afternoon.
UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers noted that UAA athletic director Steve Cobb and Chancellor Tom Case were strong advocates for the Nanooks' inclusion in the WCHA conference.
“I would like to thank UAA for helping make this happen. Their work and support is an example of the community spirit that makes the University of Alaska great,” Rogers said. “We cooperate off the ice, and compete on the ice.”
This decision is just one part of the multiple changes spurred by the expected departures of Big Ten schools from the WCHA and CCHA as well as the subsequent back stabbing by the WCHA members of the new Butt Hurt Hockey Conference.
There is an unprecedented number of offseason things to offer commentary and perhaps analysis, so I'll get to that over the next few days. There is of course all the regular things to consider and write about as we start this season. Up next I'll post my annual welcome letter to the freshman class. How many days til the first game?