WCHA Press Releases

Dean Thibodeau Promoted To Assistant Commissioner, Operations

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – July 1, 2020 – WCHA President and Men's League Commissioner Bill Robertson and WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Jennifer Flowers announced today that WCHA Operations & Administration Manager Dean Thibodeau has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Operations.

"Dean Thibodeau has had a significant impact on WCHA operations in his two years with the league," Robertson and Flowers said in a joint statement. "His work in the areas of human resources, finance, league and event operations has improved the efficiency of both leagues and has resulted in a higher level of service for our member institutions."

Thibodeau joined the WCHA Office as Operations and Administration Manager in July 2018 following eight seasons in various operations roles at Minnesota, Wisconsin and his alma mater, St. Cloud State, and a stint at Twin Cities-based Cargill, where he served as an associate credit analyst.

Thibodeau manages the Association budget, accounting and payroll, human resources, vendor contracts and Association office operations, while serving as director for the men's postseason tournament and the women's WCHA Final Faceoff championship.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my contributions to the league that I have been committed to for over a decade," Thibodeau said. "It is exciting to take the next steps with our members to preserve a long-standing tradition of hockey excellence."

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's League

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, will mark its 69th season of men's competition in 2020-21. The 10-team NCAA Division I conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats).

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League

The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will mark its 22nd season in 2020-21. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 105 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers).

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