The WCHA was in jeopardy of disbanding a couple of years ago after Penn State added hockey, the Big Ten conference was formed and Wisconsin and Minnesota left the conference. This led a domino effect that saw six more members leave the conference for the 2012-2013 season. Alabama-Huntsville was in a similar situation. This season, the Chargers are a Division-1 independent for hockey after the CHA folded following the 2009 season. Huntsville was left without a home until Thursday, when the WCHA accepted their application to be the 10th team in the conference.
In the Big East football expansion, everyone thought it was ridiculous how UConn had to potentially play San Diego State. Well, next year in the WCHA, Alabama-Huntsville will be traveling to Anchorage, Alaska and Fairbanks, Alaska at least twice. However, this doesn’t matter to one of the most loyal fanbases and programs in college hockey. Take a look at the homepage for the Chargers.