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The Broncos celebrate a goal in a game against Colorado College at Lawson Ice Arena  

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced Friday afternoon that it plans on playing a 26-game conference schedule set to start on Dec. 1 in Omaha.

The season will be conducted in a two-part format of which the conference will use a “centralized location” (pod) for the first set of games. This was unanimously decided by the conference board of directors on Oct. 15.

The NCHC will consist of two divisions, the east and the west. The East will include Miami, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud St. and Western Michigan. The West will include Colorado College, Denver, North Dakota and Omaha.

The first part of the season will take place in Omaha (centralized location), with 10 games being played by each team in each division, this will add up to 40 games total per division. These games will be played through the first three weeks of December.

The second part of the season will be played at NCHC venues. Following a break from playing in the pod, the teams will resume play in the first weekend of January through the first week of March with the season concluding on March 5-6. Teams will play a total of 16 games, all against divisional opponents, with 8 games at their respective home venue and 8 games on the road.

“We are excited to finally bring NCHC hockey back to our passionate fans,” NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said in a press release. “This season will be unique and unprecedented, but one where we will connect to and engage college hockey fans with NCHC content all season long.”

Complete schedules, which will include match-ups, times, dates and COVID-19 protocols, will be released in the coming weeks.

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