2012-13 WCHA season preview, part 2

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Derek Forbort - University of North Dakota

Photo: Los Angeles Kings defensive prospect Derek Forbort leads a talented group of defensemen for the University of North Dakota heading into the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

Continuing our look at how the 2012-13 season will shape up for the remaining teams competing in the NCAA's WCHA conference.

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2012-13 WCHA season preview, part 1

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Nick Bjugstad and Erik Haula - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forwards Nick Bjugstad and Erik Haula hope to be celebrating a national championship after losing in the semi-finals of the NCAA Frozen Four back in April (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)

This is the final season of the WCHA as we know it. The conference will undergo a sweeping change next season, with eight members exiting the WCHA. Minnesota and Wisconsin will be joining the newly formed Big Ten (Hockey) conference. Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, and St. Cloud State will comprise much of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). The remaining teams will be members of the revamped WCHA.

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Moore looks to build on his “Rudy of hockey” moment

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Kevin Moore - University of Massachusetts

Photo: Former UMass goaltender Kevin Moore is taking a stab at the pro game after completing his college career last spring (courtesy of Dennis Pause via Kevin Moore)

Former University of Massachusetts’ goaltender Kevin Moore overcame a lot of adversity to remain a member of the Massachusetts hockey team, and he earned the title “Rudy of hockey” after an inspirational appearance in the Senior Night finale for the Minutemen.  Moore will also have an opportunity that Rudy didn’t, which is making the professional level of his sport.

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2012-13 CCHA season preview

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Anders Lee - Notre Dame

Photo: New York Islanders prospect and Notre Dame University forward Anders Lee and his Fighting Irish teammates will be one of the CCHA teams looking to unseat Western Michigan as that conference's top team (courtesy of Steven King/Icon SMI)

This is the final season for the CCHA. The 11 member schools will be scattered among four conferences when the NCAA landscape undergoes its massive change next season. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will make up half of the newly formed Big Ten (Hockey) conference. Miami and Western Michigan will become members of the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Notre Dame will move to Hockey East and the remaining five teams will move to the revamped WCHA.

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2012-13 Hockey East season preview

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Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College followers hope that Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau celebrates goals often this season as that school gears up for another run at a national championship (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

2012-13 is shaping up to be another exciting season in Hockey East. With the massive changes to the college hockey landscape on the horizon, the current, ten-member Hockey East conference will see an expansion in the next two years. Notre Dame joins the conference next season, while the University of Connecticut's men’s team will become Hockey East members beginning in the 2014-15 season (the UConn women’s team is already a member of Hockey East).

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