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Brad Elliott Schlossman, Published June 26 2009

WCHA officially admits Bemidji State, Nebraska-Omaha

UPDATED: 4:56 p.m.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association voted this afternoon to admit Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State into the league beginning in 2010-11.

The official vote came after two days of intense negotiations between WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod and Nebraska-Omaha, a school the league has tried to convince to apply for membership in order to grow the WCHA to 12 teams.

McLeod held conference calls with league athletic directors on both Wednesday and Thursday to take straw polls on terms he was negotiating with Nebraska-Omaha. Those terms could include a reduced entry fee and immediate sharing of postseason revenue.