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The NCAA is considering moving the Frozen Four to a Saturday (semifinals) and Monday (championship) format. The NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Committee discussed the potential change at their meeting this past June and will continue to review the idea.

Currently, the Frozen Four features the national semifinals on Thursday with the national championship game on Saturday. Moving the championship to Monday would potentially heighten exposure by matching it up on television against less NHL competition (typically the national championship falls on the last Saturday of the NHL regular season).

The committee is also working with ESPN to potentially move the selection show in order to allow conferences to play championship games on Sunday. Currently, all conference champions are decided by Saturday night and ESPN airs the official selection show either late Sunday morning or early Sunday afternoon. This move would likely push the selection show back to Sunday night, allowing for conferences to play Sunday afternoon championships (the CCHA did this in its last year of existence).

Neither move is set in stone, but both are being reviewed by the committee.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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