July 6, 2011

CHA Directors accept Penn State application for admission

Penn State Applies for Admission into College Hockey America
(Team slated to begin competition in the 2012-13 season)

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HAVERHILL, Mass --  Robert DeGregorio, Commissioner for College Hockey America (CHA), announced today that Penn State has officially submitted an application to the CHA for admission for the 2012-13 season.

“The directors have accepted the application of Penn State for admission into the CHA,” states commisioner DeGregorio.  “We will begin the process for admission, which will include a campus visit as soon as possible.”

“This is s a great time for the CHA,” comments DeGregorio.  “With Penn State’s addition of women’s ice hockey, it was a natural fit for them to apply to the CHA.

“We are looking forward to working with the CHA staff and member schools during the application process,” states Joe Battista, Associate Director of Ahtletics.  “We believe the CHA is the right fit for our new varsity program and hoping to begin league play in 2012-13.

Head Coach Josh Brandwene adds, “We are very honored and excited about the manner in which we are moving forward and look forward to the next step in the process.”

Penn State annouced the addition of both a men’s and women’s ice hockey program during a September 17, 2010 press conference.

Terry and Kim Pegula made an $88 million gift to fund the state of the art arena, which will house both the men’s and women’s programs, as well as help fund the hockey programs.  The construction of the new facility will be funded entirely by private donations.