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Heath Hotzler, Published April 28 2009

WCHA commissioner says Minnesota State Moorhead a 'long way away' from getting into conference

Minnesota State Moorhead’s Division I hockey dream is now on life support.

Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Bruce McLeod said Tuesday that the Dragons are a long shot to gain membership into the league.

“They certainly would be (a long shot),” McLeod said. “There are quite a few teams I think are a lot further developed than they are right now. … They are a long way away.”

McLeod’s comments came on the heels of an announcement that the WCHA will look to expand from 10 to 12 teams by 2011-12. The league indefinitely lifted its moratorium on new members.

The league took no action on Bemidji State’s application for membership on Tuesday. However, things looked positive that the Beavers could get in when the WCHA finds a 12th member.

McLeod said Bemidji State’s application will be under active consideration.

“Our issue to this point was not BSU and their membership,” McLeod said. “Our issue was more with the number.”

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