Questions remain for Alaska, Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mi. THE MONEY TROUBLES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ALASKA ARE BEING FELT HERE IN UPPER MICHIGAN.

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CUTS ARE PROPOSED FOR UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA SYSTEM AND ATHLETICS.

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO THE DIVISION ONE HOCKEY PROGRAMS AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN AND MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITIES?

ACCORDING TO THE ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA BOARD OF REGENTS YESTERDAY, VOTING TO MOVE TOWARD MERGING THE STATE'S THREE SEPARATELY ACCREDITED PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES INTO ONE ACCREDITED INSTITUTION WITH MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

THE NEWSPAPER SAYING THE BOARD OF REGENTS IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH A ONE-YEAR 41-PERCENT STATE FUNDING CUT IN THE FISCAL YEAR THAT STARTED JULY FIRST.

BOTH N-M-U AND M-T-U PLAY ALASKA ANCHORAGE AND ALASKA, WHICH IS IN FAIRBANKS.

THE CONCERN IS WHETHER BOTH ALASKA TEAMS WILL FIELD A DIVISION ONE HOCKEY TEAM OR WILL THERE JUST BE ONE, OR NONE.

NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE.

N-M-U SPOKESPERSON DERRICK HALL, SAYS NORTHERN HAS NOT HEARD ANYTHING CONCERNING THEIR SCHEDULE.

THEY PLAY THE ALASKA TEAMS FOUR TIMES DURING THE UPCOMING SEASON.

MICHIGAN TECH HAS NOT RESPONDED TO OUR CALLS.

BUT ACCORDING TO THEIR SCHEDULE, THEY PLAY THE ALASKA TEAMS SIX TIMES IN THE 2019-2020 SEASON.

TV SIX CONTACTED THE W-C-H-A, WHICH NORTHERN, TECH AND THE ALASKA TEAMS ARE MEMBERS.

THEIR SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY'VE HEARD NOTHING ANNOUNCED ABOUT ATHLETICS FROM THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM IN ALASKA.

THE W-C-H-A SAYS THEY'RE MONITORING THE SITUATION.

ALREADY ANNOUNCED, IS THE DECISION BY NORTHERN AND MICHIGAN TECH THAT THEY'RE LEAVING THE W-C-H-A AFTER THE 2020-2021 HOCKEY SEASON.

THE ONE THING ALL PARTIES SEEM TO AGREE ON RIGHT NOW WITH ALASKA'S BUDGET PROBLEMS, IS NOTHING IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE WITH THIS HOCKEY SEASON'S SCHEDULE AND TRAVEL PLANS.