CHN Staff Report
Alabama-Huntsville’s on-again, off-again saga took another turn today, when the school announced it was suspending operations for the 2021-22 season due to a lack of conference affiliation.
The school originaly announced it was cutting the program prior to the 2020-21 season, only to have a GoFundMe drive raise enough money to continue operations for one season.
While last season was happening, the school then announced in November that it had secured $17 million in funding over 10 years for continued operation of the program. As CHN reported at the time, however, that funding was and continuation of the program was still contingent upon finding a conference to make everything sustainable.
Last season was the final one for the WCHA, with seven of its 10 teams breaking off to form the new CCHA. That leaves the two Alaska schools and UAH without a home.
Huntsville is applying for entrance into Atlantic Hockey for 2022-23, which may enable the program to be resurrected.
At the moment, Alaska-Anchorage is trying to raise funds to continue its program. Alaska (Fairbanks) is planning to move forward as an independent. Long Island and Arizona State will also be independents for 2021-22, with both schools also continuing to look for a conference.
Lindenwood, based in suburban St. Louis, is also planning to start playing in 2022-23 as an independent, but is also searching for a conference.