Thursday reading: Year in review, WMU, NCHC season ticket prices

Here is the Mankato Free Press beat writer’s look back at the past year and the huge changes to the college hockey landscape. Seeing it all in a few hundred words is a good reminder of how different things became so quickly.

A big change for Western Michigan is the financial commitment the Broncos must make as a member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The story linked does a good showing that as part of a four-part series on the WMU athletic department budget.

Of interest to other NCHC fans is a box comparing season ticket prices for the eight member schools in the WMU article:

NCHC Season Ticket Prices for 2012-13

    • Denver: $360 – $624
    • Miami: $275 – $565
    • Nebraska-Omaha: $235 – $415
    • Colorado College: $149 – $409
    • Minnesota-Duluth: $400
    • St. Cloud State: $325 – $400
    • North Dakota: $390
    • Western Michigan: $190 – $210

Thursday reading: Huntsville, WCHA update, NCHC postseason venue, MSU-Mankato, Penner, Duluth commit, offseason player moves

The WCHA will talk about adding Alabama-Huntsville as its 10th member for the 2013-14 season at next week’s meetings in Detroit.

UAH makes a strong case and could be brought in for the good of college hockey and its only Division I foothold in the southern United States.  Here is a look at the other important issues to be decided next week.

CHN has more, including Bruce McLeod‘s future and that the WCHA is waiting on the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to finalize its postseason venue arrangements before it makes its announcement.

Alaska-Fairbanks is looking for a new assistant coach.

Here  is the RPI fan blog’s Without a Peer’s write-up on future foe MSU-Mankato and a feature on the Kings’ Dustin Penner, a former college player.

Minnesota-Duluth adds a high-end Minnesota high school commit.

Lost track of who plays where in college hockey? Start with this list of offseason player moves.