Photo: Miami University forward Austin Czarnik (L) will begin a new rivalry with 2013 Midwest Regional opponent Nick Oliver (R) in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is one of two new conferences that will be making their NCAA debut this season. To say that the conference race will be an all-out war is probably an understatement. The NCHC is shaping up to be arguably the tightest and most competitive conference this season. All eight member schools have made NCAA Tournament appearances within the last three years, with St. Cloud State reaching the Frozen Four last season.
Photo: Providence College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski (10) will be one of the main offensive catalysts for the Friars in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future has taken a look at five of the 11 teams in part one of our Hockey East season preview. In part two, we take a look at the remaining six teams that make up the Hockey East conference.
Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck carried his team to the 2013 Frozen Four, and he’ll likely be a major part of any success that his school experiences in 2013-14 in the tough Hockey East conference (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The 2013-14 season is shaping up to be another exciting year in Hockey East. And, with the University of Notre Dame added to the mix, the always hotly contested conference race is sure to get even hotter.
Photo: Minnesota State Mankato goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams will be an important piece in the Mavericks’ run at a conference title in the newly revamped WCHA (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future looked at half of the 10 teams that make up the revamped WCHA conference in the first part of our conference preview. In part two, we preview the remaining five schools for the 2013-14 season.
Photo: While defenseman Graeme Strukoff and his University of Alabama-Huntsville teammates may not have a lot to celebrate in 2013-14, they enter a season as a member of an NCAA conference for the first time since 2009-10 (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The revamped WCHA is comprised of ten teams that made up parts of last season’s WCHA, the now-defunct CCHA, and one of the two now former independent programs. The parity and the recent successes by some of the member schools make the WCHA very competitive and well worth watching in 2013-14.