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Augustana will be ninth CCHA member, sources say

Conference will officially introduce the institution on Tuesday

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DEEPHAVEN, Minn. — The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday, May 16 that it plans to expand to nine teams. A formal announcement about the new conference member is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 via a Zoom press conference.

Sources familiar with the CCHA expansion told The Rink Live that Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., will be the ninth member.

The CCHA currently has eight members of its men's hockey conference: Bemidji State University, Bowling Green State University, Ferris State University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Northern Michigan University and the University of St. Thomas.

The 2021-22 season was the first season for the CCHA in this configuration. All but St. Thomas were members of the WCHA before last season. St. Thomas joined the conference as it moved up from NCAA Division III to Division I in all of its sports.

In April, Augustana named Garrett Raboin as its head coach and will have its first season in 2023-24.

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