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Brad Swenson, Published June 30 2009

Bemidji State glad to be WCHA bound

BEMIDJI, Minn. – “There are people who aren’t born yet who will be impacted by the WCHA,” Bemidji State men’s hockey coach Tom Serratore said Monday.

“I really believe there’s not any news that has ever impacted this community and this university like being inducted into this prestigious conference,”

A news conference was held on campus Monday to celebrate Friday’s announcement that the Western Collegiate Hockey Association would expand its league from 10 to 12 teams, admitting Bemidji State and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha will join the WCHA in 2010-11.

The news, Serratore said, overshadows the Beavers’ Frozen Four appearance earlier this year.

“This is the biggest, long term,” Serratore said of Bemidji State joining the WCHA. “Our Frozen Four experience this year will fade. But being part of this prestigious league will never fade.”

People think the Big Ten in football and the Southeast Conference in basketball as among the nation’s top leagues in college sports, said R.H. “Bob” Peters, retired BSU men’s hockey coach and athletic director.

“You will see the finest in the country,” Peters said. “This is a new era of excellence in the WCHA, the oldest and most successful and highest profile conference in the country.”

Serratore said he hopes to have a 28-game WCHA schedule in a month or two.

“It is certainly a great day to be a Beaver,” said Bemidji State President Jon Quistgaard. “We’re extremely proud to be a member of the No. 1 conference in college hockey. It’s a monumental day for this university.”

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