With the conclusion of the 2012-13 hockey season, the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association comes to an end after more
than 40 years in existence. Established in 1971, the league
initially consisted of just four teams: Bowling Green State
University, Ohio University, Ohio State University and St. Louis
University. It finished its final season with 11 member teams.
Ferris joined the CCHA in 1979-80 and posted a winning 11-9
league record in that initial season under head coach Rick
Duffett. During the past several seasons, the Bulldogs made
their biggest impact on the CCHA, winning the league title in
2002-03 and 2011-12.
The league recently has been one of the most competitive
in the country, with CCHA teams competing in five of the
last seven National Championship matches — including the
Bulldogs’ contest against Boston College in 2012.
Starting in fall 2013, Ferris will join former CCHA members
Alaska-Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Lake Superior State and
Northern Michigan in a move to the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association. The University of Alabama-Huntsville also will join
the WCHA in 2013.
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