BG still mulling possible move to WCHA (08-31-11)


Bowling Green continues to gather information regarding a possible move to the Western Collegiate Hockey
The Falcons were one of five teams from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association invited to join the
WCHA starting with the 2013-14 season.
Alaska (Fairbanks), Ferris State and Lake Superior already have agreed to join the WCHA, while Western
Michigan also continues to explore it options.
The invitations were extended Thursday and the WCHA gave the five schools 30 days to make their decision.

"We’re not ready to make a decision right now," BG assistant athletics director for athletic
communications Jason Knavel said Tuesday.
BG, which plays the next two seasons in the CCHA, still could join the new National Collegiate Hockey
Conference or be part of a revamped CCHA that could include Atlantic Hockey members Canisius,
Mercyhurst, Niagara and Robert Morris.
SITTING OUT: Two BG freshmen – forward Dajon Mingo and defenseman Derek Hills – won’t play this season,
Falcon coach Chris Bergeron said Tuesday.
The two have been determined to be non-qualifiers by the NCAA Eligibility Center, meaning they did not
meet NCAA entrance requirements.
The two will remain in school, but can’t practice with the team. However, they can skate and work out on
their own. The two will redshirt this season and have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Mingo’s loss is big for the offensively-challenged Falcons, who were counting on the 5-foot-9, 170-pound
to improve their scoring.
He had 24 goals and 11 assists, including nine power-play goals, in 52 games for Des Moines in the United
States (Junior) Hockey League.
BG averaged only 1.8 goals per game last season and scored at just 10.3 percent (19-of-184) on the power
Hills (6-2, 205) was expected to add a physical presence and depth to BG’s defense corps.
He played last season for North American (Junior) Hockey League’s Amarillo Bulls, whose head coach is
former Falcon player and head coach Dennis Williams.
BG has 25 players- 14 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies.
Eight of the players are freshmen, to go along with nine sophomores, six juniors and two seniors.

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