St. Cloud State University President Earl Potter says the Husky's Division I hockey program will leave the WCHA and join the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Speaking at a news conference this afternoon, Potter says the move will take place in two years with the 2013-14 season.

SCSU Head Coach Bob Motzko tells WJON News he is excited to be moving with five other current conference foes. He added that keeping the rivalry with North Dakota may be the most exciting for the fans but keeping the relationship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth was also a big plus for their move.

Motzko lamented leaving the WCHA and some of the member schools which helped SCSU develop their program, but says the benefit to join the NCHC was just too great.

The moves are the latest in a reshuffling of Division I hockey programs across the country.

SCSU is currently a member of the WCHA which has been talking with CCHA schools to join their conference starting in 2013-2014.  Minnesota schools Bemidji State and Minnesota State-Mankato are also members of the WCHA.

The University of Minnesota and Wisconsin will join the Big Ten.

To hear comments from Motzko click below...

Watch a replay of Thursday's SCSU news conference from UTVS via Livestream.