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Arizona State hockey officially applies to NCHC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Arizona State has officially applied to be a member in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson wrote a letter to NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton outlining the positives and po...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Arizona State has officially applied to be a member in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson wrote a letter to NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton outlining the positives and potential of the second-year program, saying that the school will pay the NCHC's $20,000 application fee by mid-September.

Anderson also laid out plans to pay the rest of the $500,000 entry fee in installments of $100,000, should it be accepted.

Anderson's letter stated that Arizona State plans to have a new facility in place by the start of the 2018-19 season, which is when the Sun Devils hope to enter the NCHC. The letter didn't state any specifics about arena plans, though. Arizona State's current facility, Oceanside Ice Arena, is not a viable option to NCHC members.

The NCHC presidents are expected to decide on potential expansion before the end of the year.

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Minnesota State-Mankato, currently in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, also has formally applied for membership in the NCHC.

The NCHC currently has eight teams-defending national champion North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Minnesota Duluth, Denver, Colorado College, Omaha, Miami and Western Michigan.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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