BTHC looks to be changing the conference tournament from campus sites to a neutral site, single elimination tournament...in Minnesota.
As Brian has pointed out in the past, Wisconsin's bitching for no legitimate reason probably has a lot do with this. While in the old format, the #2 seed kind of gets screwed, the campus site idea was unique and also seriously rewards the regular season winner which is always a good thing. This now allows for one team to have a horrid regular season, and to get hot for three games to get in the NCAA Tournament. At least in the current CCHA format, you have two rounds of best of three series to really make you earn the birth at Joe Louis. There have not been too many teams stealing bids.
Also, of course this goes into Minnesota and Wisconsin's back yard. Why at least try to center it in Chicago where its a decent drive for everyone? Its much better to screw the fan bases of Michigan, MSU, OSU, and PSU. (say what you want about each school's fan base and how they travel *cough OSU, MSU cough*, but the ones who would have gone, might not drive 11 hours to the Xcel Energy Center) Here is another crazy stupid idea...rotate it between venues so its close for each fan base at some point.
This is bull shit, but I can't say that I am totally surprised.
Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State will become the 11th and 12th members of the WCHA.
My initial thought is that this is smart and proactive move by Nebraska and it opens the door for Penn State to join the CCHA. I'm sure this is going to open up more discussion about the possible Big Ten Hockey Conference but I'll let others speculate about that.