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WCHA meeting went 'very well'

Bemidji State University President Jon Quistgaard's Sunday presentation to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is said to have gone "very well."

Bill Maki, the vice president for finance and administration at BSU, was not at the presentation, but had been in contact with Quistgaard since Sunday's 30-minute presentation to the WCHA board.

"President Quistgaard reported back that he felt the meeting went very well," Maki said.

The meeting concluded in a positive position that seemed to be beneficial for BSU and WCHA schools, Maki said.

The details of what was presented, or any possible decisions that were made, are expected to be made public by the WCHA later this week.

Grand Forks Herald sports editor Kevin Fee reported in his blog Monday that WCHA Commissioner Bruce McLeod, told him that the WCHA and BSU have an agreement in place that will help the BSU men's hockey scheduling.

"The WCHA was reportedly considering a four-year unbalanced schedule that would ensure Bemidji State had 12 games (versus) WCHA teams each season, six home, six away," Fee wrote at "But a particular number of games might not be in the agreement. A source also said BSU was told it needs to get a new arena built if the alliance is going to work."

"We do have an agreement, but we're just kind of working out the final details," McLeod said in a Sunday night telephone interview with Fee.

The 10-team WCHA has had a moratorium on expansion since Minnesota State University Mankato was admitted in 1996-97.

Quistgaard told Fee that the meeting Sunday was "positive."

"We really appreciated the opportunity to be able to talk about our situation and what our goals are and our vision," Quistgaard said in a telephone interview with Fee. "I think we all came away from the meting better informed."