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Alanama-Huntsville hockey team officially back in WCHA

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Alabama-Huntsville was officially reinstated into the WCHA after the university announced it would revive the program on May 29.

Just a week earlier, UAH had announced it would end its men’s hockey program along with men’s and women’s tennis, but since that time, close to a million dollars has been raised from donors to allow it to resume.

The WCHA Men’s League Board of Directors unanimously voted to reinstate the Chargers, who will play one series against Northern Michigan University during the upcoming season, Feb. 19-20 at the Berry Events Center in Marquette.

“We’re excited and so pleased that Alabama-Huntsville hockey will return in 2020-21,” WCHA Men’s League Commissioner Bill Robertson said. “The fundraising effort that has, to date, netted nearly $900,000 is a remarkable accomplishment. I want to commend UAH President Dr. Darren Dawson and Director of Athletics Dr. Cade Smith for giving the program’s supporters a chance to secure funding to keep it alive.”

The WCHA will survive for only one more season in its current format as the seven members in the Midwest — including NMU, Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State in the Upper Peninsula — will leave to re-form the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

That would only leave Alabama-Huntsville and the two Alaska university in Fairbanks and Anchorage in the WCHA.

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