Members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association have unanimously approved removal of a moratorium on expansion of the 50-year-old league until the end of March.
The vote was taken at the NCAA convention in Washington, D.C. To be admitted, interested schools must gain acceptance from at least eight of the 10 existing members. The process that could take place in late April at the WCHA's spring meetings in Florida.
Thursday's decision was a big boost for the future of Bemidji State's program. The Beavers play in the College Hockey America conference, which is down to four teams. Bemidji State already competes in the WCHA women's league.
he moratorium has been in place for 10 years since Minnesota State University in Mankato was added.