After a summer and fall of tumultuous times in Huntsville, Alabama, the University of Alabama-Huntsville is looking at saving its Division I men’s hockey program with a grass roots effort to raise enough money to survive.
“Members of The University of Alabama in Huntsville administration met this evening with hockey supporters, following discussions with Chancellor Malcolm Portera, and came to a consensus to work closely together to pursue institutional and community support to continue UAH hockey at the Division I level.
“Several scenarios were discussed to ensure recurring support is in place, and the two groups will continue to meet in the coming days to finalize a workable plan.”
The University of Alabama-Huntsville’s chancellor, Malcolm Portera, closed the program in October much to the chagrin of those fans located in Huntsville. UAH was a Division I independent for a couple of years in the late 1990s before joining College Hockey America for the 1999-2000 season, and were members of that league until it disbanded in the 2009-10 season. The Chargers made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006-07 and 2009-10, which was their last national tournament appearance to date.
Information gathered from multiple sources, including this report as well as USCHO.com.
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