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Breaking: Arizona State admitted into the NCHC
Arizona State has been admitted into the NCHC. Brad Elliott Schlossman of The Grand Forks Herald was the first to report the news on Wednesday. College Hockey Insider independently verified the report with sources this afternoon.
ASU will its tenure in the 2024-25 season, Schlossman reported.
Arizona State has been pushing for a conference home since its inception. The opening of Mullett Arena last season helped ASU and the NCHC cross the finish line.
At this moment, the NCHC is expected to expand to nine teams, There are no imminent plans to add a 10th team to the league and there are no imminent departures from the league. However, both options could be on the table in the future.
"This will go down as one of the most influential days in the history of Sun Devil hockey," Arizona State coach Greg Powers told the Herald. "To be accepted as a member into such a tremendous conference like the NCHC with such historic college hockey programs is an honor we will never take for granted"
The move has been in the works since the AHCA Convention in April. We reported at the time that sources said it was “all but done” that Arizona State would finally receive approval from the NCHC.
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