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Courtesy: WMU

WMU Issues Statement Regarding WCHA Invitation

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 08/25/2011
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KALAMAZOO -- In response to the invitation to join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Western Michigan University Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard has issued the following statement.

“As we have been communicating for several months, Western Michigan University remains engaged in exploring all potential membership opportunities, having had significant and ongoing conversations with hockey schools across the country. Our stated goals of competing at the highest level of Division I Ice hockey and of winning a national championship this decade have not changed; these goals will guide us to the best fit for our hockey program for the future. Western Michigan, through its President and Board of Trustees, has made the commitment necessary for us to fulfill our stated goals. When coupling this commitment with several other known facts; our recent on-ice success, our very recent hiring of Andy Murray, our increased season ticket sales, our growing momentum as a result of these, our best in the CCHA student section the “Lawson Lunatics”, the size of our media market, the reality Kalamazoo is strategically placed between Chicago and “Hockeytown” (Detroit), and the fact WMU is right in the middle of a state that craves, plays, and produces hockey talent more than most every other state, we know our University, our community, and our hockey Broncos stand on our merits and are a significant player on the national hockey scene.”

“As identified earlier today in a joint release by the CCHA and WCHA, we have recently been engaged in discussions with those institutions who will remain members of their respective leagues at the conclusion of the 2012-13 hockey season.  The description of the recent Chicago meeting as creating synergy is absolutely true as evidenced by the WCHA’s membership invitation. We, at Western Michigan, are very appreciative of this invitation and are equally appreciative of the stability this combined league will provide for the changing landscape of college hockey.”