Peters Retiring as CHA Commissioner
CHN Staff Report
DETROIT Bob Peters, who has served as College Hockey America Commissioner for the past seven years, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2008. The CHA men's regular-season trophy has been called the Peters Cup since 2002.
"Coach Peters is one of the pillars of college hockey and a hall of fame human being," said Niagara athletic director Ed McLaughlin, chair of the CHA Men's Executive Committee. "I feel blessed to have worked with him over the last two years and we owe him a debt of gratitude, within our conference and across the sport."
"As a player, coach and now administrator, my relationship with Coach Peters goes back to 1985," said Mercyhurst AD Craig Barnett, chair of the CHA Women's Executive Committee. "He has accomplished so much for the game of hockey that his retirement is an emotional issue for me. His number one priority has always been for the student-athletes. I feel honored to have him and his wife Lou as friends."
For the upcoming 2008-09 season, McLaughlin will serve as interim commissioner, Alabama-Huntsville Assistant Sports Information Director Jamie Gilliam will handle the media relations duties.
The CHA is facing a tumultuous time, down to four teams with the folding of Wayne State as a program, thus putting its automatic NCAA bid in jeopardy. Despite talk of reorganization, or adding or shifting teams, the league remains four teams at this time, which could further jeopardize more programs.
Unless something changes, the CHA is planning to go forward with four teams, and hope for an exemption that will allow another year with an automatic bid.
"This season will be one of transition for the CHA," added McLaughlin. "We will continue the hard work we have done throughout the last two years to stabilize ourselves while maintaining our commitment to the student-athlete experience. I am excited about the challenge."
The CHA Women's Conference recently completed its sixth year and will have five member schools competing in 2008-09 with the recent addition of Syracuse University.
Barnett will serve as interim commissioner for the upcoming season, while Wayne State Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Weiss will continue to handle the media relations duties.
Peters was the long-time coach at Bemidji State, seeing that school through transitions from NAIA to NCAA status, from Division III to II to I.