Sources say athletic directors from the 10-team WCHA voted to approve an eight-team tournament with the bottom two teams in the regular-season standings missing out on postseason play. The top four teams would host the next four in best-of-three first-round series with the winners advancing to a single-elimination championship weekend. The championship site likely will rotate between Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. (2014, 2016), and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul (2015, 2017).
WCHA scraps the "Alaska Plan" in favor of 8 team postseason, per report
Rather than having the two Alaska schools face in the first round, the 10 member WCHA will have a postseason tournament similar to the current Hockey East setup with the "WCHA Final Four" alternating between the Xcel Energy Center and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids