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Anchorage AD unhappy with WCHA defectors

Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb isn't particularly happy with the way five Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams chose to defect to a proposed new Division I men's league in 2013-14.

Alaska Anchorage athletic director Steve Cobb isn't particularly happy with the way five Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams chose to defect to a proposed new Division I men's league in 2013-14.

Newspaper reports on Thursday indicated that Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha, Colorado College and Denver will join an as-yet-unnamed league, along with Miami University. The teams remaining in the WCHA will be Anchorage, Minnesota State-Mankato, St. Cloud State, Michigan Tech and Bemidji State.

"At our (league) meeting in April we voted to extend an invitation (to join the WCHA) to Miami and Notre Dame," Cobb told the Anchorage Daily News. "That passed with 100 percent of the vote. Nobody said they were unhappy. We left the April meeting and basically some of them contacted Notre Dame and Miami and said, 'Don't take the WCHA invitation; we're going to invite you to join our super league.'

"I blame everybody for being less than honest with their own league members. It's a really sneaky back-door deal.

"I'm not offended at all they want to start a conference. I'm very offended at the way it was handled. We've got two years left, and I assume it's going to be very tense and very uncomfortable."

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The WCHA will continue as a 12-team league for two more seasons through 2012-13.

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