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New Conference Alters College Hockey

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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will mark its 60th year this fall. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association will begin its 41st season. How these mainstays of college hockey will look in two years is anyone's guess after Wednesday's announcement that the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will begin play in 2013-14 with some of the game's most powerful programs as charter members.

Denver, Colorado College, defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota are bolting the WCHA for the new league. Together these five schools have won 17 national championships.

Miami (Ohio), which has reached the Frozen Four two of the last three years, is leaving the CCHA for the NCHC.

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