Big Rapids, Mich. - Below is a statement from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regarding its meeting with four Atlantic Hockey Association schools:
CCHA Commissioner Fred Pletsch and two members of the league's executive committee, Ferris State Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger and Bowling Green State Associate Athletics Director Jim Elsasser, met Tuesday (July 26) with representatives of Canisius College, Mercyhurst College, Niagara University and Robert Morris University to explore the opportunities of the four current members of the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) joining the CCHA.
"We had very open and honest discussions with representatives of the four schools from the AHA," said Pletsch. "And we are committed to having further dialogue in the future to potentially accommodate those schools, while representing the interests of our member schools that are committed to staying in the CCHA for the 2013-14 season and beyond."
After the meeting, which took place on the campus of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., the four current members of Atlantic Hockey released these comments:
"We had a very frank and open discussion with Commissioner Pletsch and members of his executive committee about joining the CCHA. The CCHA offers several exciting opportunities for our institutions, however each of us feels the need to bring the information we discussed back to campus and discuss it with our school president and our hockey staff."