Thursday, May 25, 2006
The 2005-06 CHE Spring League meeting took place this past weekend and after many important issues were discussed, there are several major changes that will effect the upcoming 2006-07 season and beyond.
RMU D-III Approved for Full-Time Membership:
After a six year absence from competing in CHE full-time, the Robert Morris University D-III "Colonials" have been accepted into CHE under full-time status. They have full voting rights and are eligible for the CHE Playoffs beginning this season. We would like to thank the RMU D-III administration, management staff and players for their interest, support and dedication to CHE.
Divisional Alignment for 2006-07:
The CHE general membership has decided to revert back to a two divisional structure due to the departure of Allegheny, Carnegie Mellon and CCAC.
CHE North: Case Reserve, Edinboro of PA, Penn State Behrend, Pittsburgh-II and Robert Morris D-III
CHE South: California of PA-I, Indiana of PA-II, Penn State Altoona, Saint Vincent and Pitt-Johnstown.
Three Teams Depart from CHE:
It was determined at the Spring league meeting that CCAC would not be accepted back into CHE this season as a full-time member. Their denial of membership was not due to any one individual or circumstance. At this time, the general membership feels that it is in the best interest of CHE to part ways. We would like to wish the best of luck to Chuck Bell, Marty Palma, and the entire CCAC hockey program in their future endeavors.
CCAC has inquired about joining the CHA for the 2006-07 season. No determination of that request has been made at this time.
As expected, CHE has officially accepted the withdrawal of Allegheny College and Carnegie Mellon University. Both teams have been accepted into and will participate in the CHA. On behalf of everyone with CHE we would like to thank the players, staff and coaches of both teams who have been a part of CHE for decades and wish them the best luck as the vie for the College Hockey Association Championship!
CHE Adopts Shoot-Outs after Overtime Period:
CHE has decided to adopt the shoot-out rule after a five-minutes overtime period if the score is still tied. The shoot-out will be conducted under the rules of "Appendix B" in the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules book. Furthermore, after the shoot-out, two (2) points will be awarded to the winner and one (1) point will be awarded to the loser of the shoot-out.